Importance of microchips

What is a microchip?

A microchip is a little chip the size of a grain of rice. Every chip has its own unique number; the chip is inserted under the skin of an animal between the shoulder blades. This is done by a registered person, usually a veterinary nurse.

The chip number is then registered with the details of the pet’s owner. We ask that the owners give us as many contact details as possible including emails and multiple phone numbers including one of someone they trust that does not live in the household. This is so that if you were to change your number but have forgotten to update your pet’s microchip details then we have a better chance to find you as we have multiple numbers to choose from.

Why is it important to microchip your pets?

Why a microchip and not just a collar with a cute tag with your details? Well unlike a collar a microchip will last the animal’s whole life and cannot be taken off or lost. This way you don’t have to keep a collar on your pet at all times and this will eliminate the risk of their collars catching on something and causing a choking hazard (win, win I say!). Not only is a microchip the best way to ID a lost pet, as of July 1st, 2018 it is now law in South Australia to have both cats and dogs microchipped.

But don’t stop there; think of your other important little beloved pets. Did you know that you can microchip rabbits, guinea pigs and even large birds (cockatiels and bigger)? 

Now that we have gone through the perks of having your animal microchipped we would also like to mention that if your microchip details are not up to date or registered correctly then it’s just like your pet was never chipped in the first place.

There are a few different ways to ensure your pet’s microchip details are correct.

Ask your local vet clinic to search your pet’s microchip on a special database to make sure your details are correct.

If you have just adopted a young animal from a breeder, rescue centre or even re-homed a beloved older pet you must make sure that the details of the microchip are then changed into your name as this is the most common mistake pet owners make. They assume just because they adopt an animal with a microchip that the microchip is then registered to them. Even if you have filled in the correct paperwork you should then take it into your own hands to guarantee the details are correctly registered to you. You would be surprised how many microchips are still registered to the breeder even years after the pet has been adopted or even worse the microchip was never registered. A lot of microchipped animals end up in shelters due to having the wrong microchip details or even no microchip at all.

Even with all the amazing resources we have out there to help find your pet including flyers, social media and the local newspaper nothing beats having your beloved pet microchipped with the correct details. This prevents your pet from having to be stressed by staying in a kennel with other animals waiting to find you again; not to mention the sleepless nights you as an owner will have, wondering where your poor scared pet is. With an up to date microchip, we can find the owner in minutes, eliminating those stressed moments.

So please give your local vet clinic a call and just ask them to check your details before another day passes.

Trust me once that little job is done you’ll sleep better at night knowing that if your pet was to get out you will get them back in no time.

 

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