A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s skin. It can be done during a normal consultation. The microchip is embedded with a code unique to your pet and is the most effective form of permanent identification. This code is placed onto a national computer database, so it is particularly useful in the return of lost pets. They can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute.
In most states of Australia microchip placement in pets is compulsory. According to the Queensland Animal Management Act, dogs and cats must receive a microchip prior to selling or transfer and by 12 weeks of age. Puppies can only receive a microchip when a breeder Supply Number (SN) is provided. Applications for a Supply Number are made through the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. All necessary information is available at https://qdbr.daf.qld.gov.au/information/dog-breeders/
If a pet is ever lost and is handed in at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter a microchip scanner is passed over the animal to reveal the unique code. The vet or animal shelter can then refer to the database to identify the name, address and phone number of the owner, so they can be reunited.
If your pet is not microchipped please give us a call to make an appointment to have one inserted. If you find a lost pet please call us to arrange a scan, we can reunite microchipped pets with their worried owners. For any queries regarding microchips, Supply Numbers and registration, please contact the clinic and our friendly staff will be able to help.