A microchip is a permanent method of identification for your dog. It is a tiny transmitter (about the size of a grain of rice) that is inserted under the dogs’ skin between the shoulder blades. This simple procedure can be done during a normal consultation – it may be uncomfortable for a brief period but is generally tolerated well by most dogs.
Microchipping is the most effective form of permanent identification – unlike a tag or a collar, it cannot be taken off or get lost. The microchip is embedded with a code unique to your dog, and once registered, this code is placed onto a national computer database, so it is particularly useful in helping lost dogs be reunited with their families. They can also assist where the ownership of an animal may be in dispute. In Tasmania it is compulsory for all dogs over six months of age to be microchipped. Please note: microchipping is different from having your dog registered with the local council.
If a dog 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.
For these reasons, it is important to know:
b) Is the microchip registered on a national database?
c) Are your details on the database up to date? This is the most important one of the three! (eg. if you change your phone number or move house, you will need to contact the microchip registry to update your details).
If you know your dogs’ microchip number, you can check their registry details at home by entering the number at www.petaddress.com.au
We know this can all be very confusing for pet owners! If you are in any doubt about the above for your dog, please bring your dog into the clinic so we can scan them for a microchip and look up their details for you – we can do this any time and the scanning service is complimentary!
If you find a lost dog please call us to arrange a scan; we can help reunite microchipped dogs with their worried owners.
If your dog is not microchipped please give us a call to make an appointment to have one inserted (fees apply).