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. In some states of Australia including Victoria, microchipping of pets is now compulsory.
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.
If your pet is not microchipped please give us a call to make an appointment to have one inserted. If you find a lost pet please call us to arrange a scan, as we can take the appropriate measures to reunite microchipped pets with their worried owners.
Please note that Microchipping and Council Registrations are two seperate things. Please see reception or see your local council for more information on council registrations
New microchipping rules and regulation as of July 1st, 2020
From 1 July 2020, a dog or cat owner must obtain a Pet Exchange Register source number, or the source number of the council pound, animal shelter, pet shop, breeder or foster carer that owns the animal, will be required when implanting a new microchip into a dog or cat born after this date.
The source number will form part of a pet’s legally prescribed identifying information. An authorised implanter must collect and include a source number as part of the microchip registration form for all dogs and cats born and microchipped after1 July 2020. Failure to do so may incur penalties under the Domestic Animals Regulations 2015.
Microchipping not only identifies your pet for life, but it can save your pet's life.
All cats and dogs registered with a council must be microchipped prior to registration and renewal.
Owner details on a microchip record may change over time, but the recorded source number will remain the same for the life of the animal.
For more information on these new regulations please click here:
To register for your source number please click here: