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 some states of Australia microchipping of pets is now compulsory.
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.
UPDATE YOUR DETAILS
Microchipping your pet is an easy and relatively cheap procedure which will assist if your pet is lost or injured, however it does require a lifelong commitment from you to ensure that your contact details are kept up-to-date.
If your pet is lost or injured the chances of it being found and scanned for a microchip are extremely high, BUT IF YOUR DETAILS ARE NOT UP TO DATE THERE WILL BE NO WAY FOR YOU TO KNOW SOMEONE HAS YOUR PET.
IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU CONTINUE TO UPDATE YOUR DETAILS WITH YOUR REGISTERED MICROCHIP DATABASE
If you know your pets microchip number but you do not know which Microchip Database holds your registration, visit the PET ADDRESS website: www.petaddress.com.au
If you do not know your pets microchip number, visit our Clinic with your pet and we will scan him or her to retrieve the microchip number.
This is a FREE SERVICE provided by the Cobram Veterinary Clinic, however a gold coin donation to
GUIDE DOGS AUSTRALIA would be appreciated.
Once you have confirmed your pets registration with a Microchip Database, visit the applicable Registry to update your details.