What is Microchipping?
A microchip is something that is injected under your pet’s skin to help locate them if they go missing. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and the procedure is so simple that it can be done during a normal consultation.
The microchip is embedded with a code unique and is the most effective form of permanent identification. This code is placed in a national computer database, so if a pet is found, they can be scanned to find their owner.
Why Microchipping is Important in Australia
In Western Australia, microchipping of pets is now compulsory. It helps reunite owners with their pets and it can assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute. Microchipping is compulsory in all states and territories except NT.
Port Kennedy Veterinary Hospital Can Help
Port Kennedy Veterinary Hospital provides microchipping services to customers in Rockingham and surrounding Perth suburbs. The procedure is no more painful than any other injection. Our vet or RVN will insert the chip under the skin using a hypodermic needle. There is no surgery or anaesthesia required.
How Do You Have Your Pet Microchipped?
Microchipping for Dogs and Cats
It is a legal requirement to have your dog or cat microchipped in Western Australia.
When you have your pet microchipped, they can be registered in a database and located if they go missing. They will simply be scanned to find their information and they will be returned to you. In fact, a study of more than 7,700 stray animals at animal shelters showed that dogs with microchips were returned to their owners 52.2% of the time (versus 21.9% without microchips). Similarly, cats were returned 38.5% of the time (versus 1.8% without).