Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Mi­crochip­ping your pet cat or dog is very im­por­tant. If your pet be­comes lost then you are far more likely to be­come re­united if he or she is mi­crochipped. What is a mi­crochip and how does it work? A mi­crochip is a per­ma­nent method of elec­tronic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The chip it­self is very small – about the size of a grain of rice – and is im­planted just un­der the skin, be­tween the shoul­der blades at the back of your pet's neck.

Each chip has a unique num­ber that is de­tected us­ing a mi­crochip scan­ner.

The mi­crochip num­ber is recorded on a data­base registry with de­tails about the an­i­mal and owner.

Should your pet stray or be­come lost, vets, an­i­mal shel­ters and lo­cal coun­cils can scan your pet for a mi­crochip and con­tact you via the data­base.

It is very im­por­tant to keep your con­tact de­tails up to date on the data­base so that if you move house or change your phone num­ber you will still be con­tactable in the event of your pet be­com­ing lost/stray.

Ideally your pet cat or dog should be mi­crochipped prior to you pur­chas­ing or adopt­ing your pet.

This is the only way to ef­fec­tively trace the ori­gin of the cat/dog.

How­ever, if your pet is not yet mi­crochipped then we rec­om­mend that you make an ap­point­ment to do so with your vet (even in those states where mi­crochip­ping is not yet com­pul­sory).

If a pet is trans­ferred to a new owner, the new owner must en­sure their con­tact de­tails are recorded on the data­base.

Mi­crochip­ping for cats and dogs is manda­tory in ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC and WA. Mi­crochip­ping for dogs only is com­pul­sory in TAS.

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