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 microchipping of pets is now compulsory. In Bendigo it is mandatory to have your met microchipped in order to register them.
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 animal is then sent to the local council pound facility where they will be able to contact the owners via the microchip information.
It is important to ensure that your microchip information is always up to date. At Kangaroo Flat Veterinary Clinic all out microchips are registered with Central Animal Records. If you need to update your information you can contact them via their website: http://www.car.com.au/
If your pet is not microchipped please give us a call to make an appointment to have one inserted.