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 placed onto a national computer database, so it is particularly useful in the return of lost pets. They can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute. Microchipping of cats and dogs is now compulsory in Queensland.
Under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, every Breeder having a female dog with a litter born on or after 26 May 2017 must have a Supply Number within 28 days of the birth of the litter. You must not give away, supply, sell or advertise a dog or puppies without a Supply Number that identifies the Breeder or provides an Exemption. Authorised microchip implanters cannot microchip your pet without a supplier number. Reminder microchipping of cats and dogs is now compulsory in Queensland.
If the puppies are bred by a primary producer to be kept by any primary producer as working dogs, then a Supply Number is not required.
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. If you find a lost pet please call us to arrange a scan; we can reunite microchipped pets with their worried owners.