As of 1st November 2015 new Government legislation makes it compulsary to have all your dogs and cats permanently identified with a microchip.
What is a microchip?
A tiny device, no bigger than a grain of rice which is implanted into the scruff of the neck by way of a needle which is slightly bigger than the needles used to give vaccinations.
Will it hurt my pet?
Most pets tolerate the procedure well, and do not need sedation, anaesthetic or pain relief.
How do microchips work?
Once implanted, the microchips unique identifying number is used to register all your pets details onto a National database. Should your pet be picked up by a stranger or the Ranger your pet’s microchip will be scanned, and your details can easily be looked up and will be used to return your pet to you quickly.
It is really important to keep the microchip details current, so if your phone number or address change you must update your details on the microchip database. There are several microchip database companies, however at Chapman Animal Hospital we use Homesafe ID to register your pet’s microchip. To update your details simply go to www.homesafeid.com.au and enter the microchip number into the “Change Pet Details” field then simply follow the instructions to update details.
If you do not have access to the internet you can contact Homesafe on 1300 537 140 to be sent a form to complete.
In the 48 hours after your pet’s microchip has been implanted there are just a few aftercare instructions to ensure there are no complicatons:
1. Don’t allow your pet to exercise
2. Don’t give your pet a bath
3. Don’t take swimming
4. Don’t allow your pet to roll around in the dirt
5. Don’t apply spot on flea treatments
6. Don’t brush, scratch or rub the insertion site
There have been many documented cases of pets being reunited with their owners because they had been implanted with a microchip. Even if your pet “never leaves the yard” or “is an inside pet only” it is important to have your pet microchipped. Things happen, doors/gates are accidently left open or your pet is scared by a storm and escapes. A microchip will permanently identify your pet as yours.