How is a microchip implanted?
Our Vetwest healthcare team can insert a Microchip during a normal veterinary consultation. 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.
What happens after your pet is microchipped?
Each chip has a unique number that is detected using a microchip scanner. The microchip number along with your pet’s details are submitted to a database registry. 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.
What age do you need to microchip your pet?
All cats must be sterilised, microchipped and registered by the time they reach 6 months of age.
Section 21 of the Dog Act 1976 requires dogs to be microchipped when they are 3 months of age, and being registered for the first time or when a change of ownership occurs. As of 1 November 2015, all dogs that have reached 3 months of age must be microchipped regardless of registration status.
Do you need to microchip your pet if they are unwell?
If we believe microchipping is likely to adversely affect the health and welfare of your pet, Vetwest veterinarians may issue you with an Exemption certificate that you take to your local government.