Dogs by law have to have a microchip inserted, while with cats, it is recommended but voluntary.
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 in the case of Dogs registered on the DCC database. Dogs and Cats can also be placed onto a national computer database, which is particularly useful in the return of lost pets. They can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute. In New Zealand 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. Or should you find a lost pet please call us to arrange a scan, we can reunite microchipped pets with their worried owners.