Microchipping is the most effective and harmless way to make sure your pet is never lost.
Getting the microchip
It is a quick and simple procedure with minimal discomfort, which will soon be forgotten by your pet! The microchip, only the size of a grain of rice, is implanted underneath the skin on the back of the neck, between the shoulder blades.
Some owners prefer for the microchip to be implanted during an unrelated surgical procedure, such as desexing, so their pet will already be under anaesthetic.
Finding your pet
Veterinary clinics, animal shelters or the local council will use a microchip scanner to identify your lost pet’s unique number. This number is linked to a database containing information such as your phone number and home address so you can be easily contacted. Here at Moorabbin Veterinary Hospital, we have permission from local councils to contact you directly using the database information.
For microchipping to work you must ensure your contact information is up to date by visiting the Pet Address website at www.petaddress.com.au. Simply input your pet’s microchip number to check or update your information. If you are unsure of the microchip number you can contact your vet for assistance, as it should be listed on your pet’s patient file.
Microchipping for dogs and cats is mandatory in VIC, NSW, QLD, ACT and WA, so pets purchased from a breeder or adopted are most likely already microchipped.
If your pet still needs to be microchipped, you can easily arrange for the procedure during your next consultation at the Moorabbin Veterinary Hospital, just give us a call on 9555 4808.