Pet microchips are placed via a quick and easy one-off injection of a tiny (micro) chip, inserted under the skin at the scruff of the neck. Each microchip carries a unique, permanent identification device (PID) number, which can be read by a portable scanner and will allow identification of your pet, enabling authorities to contact you should your pet become lost. They are a small, simple and effective way of ensuring that your pet is safely returned to you.
Why should I have my pet microchipped?
The microchip is a permanent means of identifying your pet.
Should your pet become lost, the microchip system will help to return him or her to you with the minimum of delay, which is of particular importance if your pet is seriously injured.
Pets traveling abroad are required to be microchipped, and QLD breeders, both commercial and accidental, are required to comply with regulations laid out in the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, which include the mandatory microchipping of all puppies and kittens bred for distribution.
How can I be traced if my pet is found?
Your contact information is kept on our practice computer system, and your details are also entered onto a national database. The fee for this is included in the cost of the chip implantation. If your pet is found and its chip number identified, it is a relatively easy matter to reunite you with your pet. The chips comply with the International Standard (ISO), and so can be recognised by scanners both here and abroad.
What if my personal details change?
With its unique number, the implanted microchip will remain with your pet for life. However, it is possible to update your personal details on the national database, as and when required. It is important to note, that a veterinary practice is unable to make these changes on your behalf and that amendments to ownership and/or address details must be performed by the pets registered owner.