Animal microchipping is a legal requirement for all pets in Victoria and must be in place before registering your pet with the local council. Its purpose is to legally identify you as the animals’ owner, and it contains a number unique to you that can be read by a scanner.
Microchipping also includes an Australia-wide, 24-hour, year-round animal recovery service, so if your pet gets lost or stolen, it can be returned to you if found. The pet can simply be scanned, and your contact details will come up on the computer.
At Casey and Cranbourne Veterinary Hospital, we have an SY84 agreement with the council. This means we can scan stray animals brought into the clinic, and if we find a microchip, then we can reunite the animal with its owner.
Microchipping your pet
When you get your new pet, it’s important to check microchip details. If already microchipped, you will need to change ownership from the breeder or rescue centre if not already done at time of purchase. If not microchipped, this can be done at the hospital.
What it involves
When your pet gets microchipped, the vet will insert a small implant – the size of a grain of rice – under your pet’s skin, between the shoulder blades. The process is quick and painless and can be done for animals of any age.
At Casey and Cranbourne Veterinary Hospital, all of our vets and most of our nurses are trained to implant microchips, and we offer a discount rate for litters of puppies and kittens.
How to update your pet’s microchip details
All pets microchipped at Casey and Cranbourne Veterinary Hospital are registered at National Pet Register, so if you move house or change phone numbers, you need to let them know. They can be contacted on 1300 734 738 or www.petregister.com.au
If you microchipped your pet elsewhere and can’t remember which microchip organisation holds their details, you can find out by visiting Pet Address.