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.
There is a bylaw of the Mitcham Council that cats must be microchipped.
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.
It is also recommend that you pet has an M tattoo in his/her ear flap. This is an external sign to say your pet is microchipped. This needs to be done under a general anaesthetic.
If you find a lost pet please call us to arrange a scan, we can reunite microchipped pets with their worried owners.
Please ensure if you change address or phone number that you update your contact details with the relevant registry. We have on numerous occasions had a pet that is micrcohipped but it is difficult for us to contact their owners due the their details being outdated.