At Huntingdale Vet your pet will get the latest "mini" microchip which is half the size of traditional microchips.
Smaller chip means less discomfort!
It is very important to ensure your pet cat or dog is microchipped because if your pet cat or dog becomes lost, you are far more likely to be reunited if they are microchipped. Furthermore, it is now regulation to have your cat or dog microchipped and registered with your local council.
Image: Dr Adrian Fleay inserting a microchip in a macaw. Though birds require a quick general anaesthetic as the microchip is inserted into the muscle for most pets it is a quick needle just like a vaccine.
What is a microchip? How does it work?
A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. The chip itself is very small – about the size of a grain of rice – and is implanted subcutaneously (just under the skin) between the shoulder blades at the back of your pet's neck. Each chip has a unique number that is detected using a microchip scanner. The microchip number is recorded on a microchip database registry with details about the animal and owner. Pet owners need to ensure their contact details are recorded on the database against their pet's microchip number. Should your pet stray or become lost, vets, animal shelters and local councils can scan your pet for a microchip and contact you via the database.
It is very important to keep your contact details up to date on the database so that if you move house or change your phone number you will still be contactable in the event of your pet becoming lost/straying.
If a pet is transferred to a new owner, the new owner must ensure their contact details are recorded on the database. You can change your microchip details with the Australasian Animal Registry if it was implanted at Huntingdale Vet. If you are unsure which databse your pet is registered visit www.petaddress.com.au
Is microchipping my pet cat or dog compulsory?
Yes, In Western Australia it has been compulsory since 1st November 2015
Is microchipping painful?
Microchipping is a quick (only takes a few seconds), safe and simple procedure and causes little discomfort. Some puppies and kittens may flinch or yelp as the chip is implanted, however the pain is minimal and short-lived and most animals will forget about it very quickly. Microchipping is very important for re-uniting lost pets with their owners. Should your pet go missing you are far more likely to be reunited if he or she is microchipped. The benefits of microchipping in terms of identifying a lost animal and reuniting them with their owner far outweigh any minimal, momentary discomfort.