A microchip is an implant about the size of a grain of rice which is injected under the skin between your pets shoulder blades. It is a quick and generally painless procedure which can be done in a consult or at the time of vaccination. The microchip has a code which is unique to your pet. Microchipping 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 Townsville microchipping of dog and cats is now compulsory as part of state law.
If a pet is lost and is taken to 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 4 Paws Veterinarians a call to make an appointment to have one implanted.
If you find a lost pet please call us to arrange a scan, we can reunite microchipped pets with their worried owners.
It is also important to keep your contact detail up to date with the registry. The microchipping registry is not the same as council registration