A microchip is a small implant that is about the size of a grain of rice. It is injected under the skin in the area between the pet’s shoulder blades. Each microchip is embedded with a unique number that when entered into a register with the pet’s details will permanently identify the pet.
If a microchipped and registered pet ever strays from home they can be reunited with their owner through the code on the microchip and the owner information held on the animal registry. It is important to keep this owner contact information current and if ownerships changes the registry needs to be updated.
In NSW it is compulsory for cats and dogs to be microchipped and registered with the council. All cats and dogs should be microchipped before they are sold or given away or by the age of 12 weeks. Dogs should be then registered with the council by the age of 6 months and cats by the age of 4 months.
A microchip can be implanted during a visit to our hospital with one of our registered implanters. Please advise our staff if you need to have a microchip checked or implanted.
We will enter the microchip details into the NSW register when we microchip your pet but you will have to register your pet with the council. The register can be used to return a lost pet to their owner.
If you ever find a lost animal please contact the local council.