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 and does not require sedation. Very sensitive or small individuals may benefit from the use of a local anaesthetic cream prior to their visit (please discuss with our veterinarian if you are interested). The microchip is embedded with unique code and is the most effective form of permanent identification. It does not contain any of your personal information. The only people who can access your personal information are "Authorised Identifiers" and Veterinarians that are registered with NSW Pet Registry, or other registry directly associated with the microchip code.
In NSW, most dogs and cats are placed only on the NSW Pet Registry. This is required by law in NSW for all dogs, including working dogs. At Premier Vet Care, all microchips placed in individual pet dogs include registration on "AAR" or the Australasian Animal Registry. AAR is a nation-wide database, which allows your pet to be relocated back to you while you travel interstate. It also facilitates easier council registration in the event you move house interstate. It is very important to keep your personal details up to date on the microchip registry, which can usually be done online at no cost.
In NSW, It is required by law for all cats and dogs to be microchipped and registered.
It is also required for cats and dogs to be microchipped by the breeder, rescue, or original owner prior to sale/rescue.
If you have a pet bird, bunny or other unusual pet, your pet can be microchipped as an identifying marker as well! While you cannot register your pet with the NSW Pet Registry, most private nation-wide registries such as AAR or CAR accept registration of all species. If you do not register the microchip, it can only serve as a form of identification and is less useful for ownership verification.
If a pet is lost, a veterinary clinic, animal shelter, or other Authorised Identifier can use a special scanner to locate and retrieve the microchip's unique code. They can then refer to the database to retrieve the owner's contact details so they can be reunited! The microchip number and associated registry information is also used in ownership disputes, or to otherwise confirm that a pet rightfully belongs to you.
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.