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 dog 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 dogs. They can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute. In Tasmania it is compulsory for all dogs over six months of age to be microchipped.
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.