A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pets skin. It can be done during a normal consultation.
The microchip is embedded with a code unique to your dog or cat 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 your lost pet. On the contrary to some internet articles the microchip is made of inert material that is harmless to your pet. They can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute. In the Mundaring Shire it is compulsory for all dogs and cats over six months of age to be microchipped.
If your 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.
Here at Mt Helena Vet we have the latest technology in ‘Global Micro Animal Registry’, Australia’s newest and most innovative microchip registry. Global Micro Animal Registry is setting new standards and becoming the microchip registry of choice for vets around Australia. The benefit is the process takes minutes and the registration is immediate.
Free “Chip Check” Service is offered by Mt Helena Veterinary Clinic
Have your pet scanned to check that the microchip is working and that it is correctly registered.
Some pet microchips implanted Australia wide between 2010 and 2013 have become faulty. Use our free service to check if there is a problem. You may be eligible for a free replacement if there is an issue. We can also check that your pet is correctly registered on the national database.
This service is free for anyone – it does not matter where the implantation procedure was performed.
To get a free “Chip Check”:
1. Register your pet details here. It would help if you know your pets microchip number.
2. Call our practice to arrange a convenient time for the scan (phone (08) 95721777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
3. If your pet has a faulty chip and you want to claim a free replacement, you will need to know the microchip number – please bring your registration form with you if you have it.