A microchip is a tiny chip with a unique identification (ID) number. Smaller than a grain of rice, the chip is inserted under your pet’s skin by a vet. It only takes seconds to insert. The chip can be scanned at vet clinics and animal shelters to identify your pet. You need to register your pet's microchip number alongside your name, address and contact details on the NZ Companion Animal Register, and then keep those details up to date if you move house or change your contact information. Most vets will do this for you, but it's important to ask.
If someone finds your pet and takes them to a vet clinic, SPCA or Council, they will automatically scan for a microchip. When a microchip is found, they will look up the national database and contact you on the number you have supplied. It's ESSENTIAL to register your microchip on the national database and keep your details up to date.
Yes. Sometimes microchips can fail or you may forget to update your details. So you should also use a collar and ID tag with your phone number. This makes it easy for people to contact you if they find your pet. For cats, it's important to use a breakaway collar so they can escape safely if they get tangled.