Microchip Your Pet

Every day animals go missing. Sadly, many are never reunited with their owners, simply because of a lack of identification. Collars and tags alone are not effective at identifying your pet as these are easily removed or lost by your pet. A microchip gives your pet the best chance of being reunited with you if they become lost or stolen.

WHAT IS A MICROCHIP?

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.

HOW WILL IT HELP ME GET MY PET BACK?

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.

DOES MY PET STILL NEED AN IDENTIFICATION TAG?

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.

MICROCHIPPING FACTS

  • Over 80% of lost microchipped animals are reunited with their owners.
     
  • If your animal is lost and taken into a vet clinic, SPCA or the Council, it can be reunited with you within minutes or hours of being found if it has been microchipped.
     
  • Microchips are cheap and easy to insert – they don't hurt and won't harm your pet’s health.
     
  • The microchip lasts the lifetime of your pet, but you must keep your contact details up to date.
     
  • Microchipping can be used as legal identification if your pet's ownership is in dispute or if it is stolen.
     
  • Animal microchips don't include trackers or a GPS. Your contact details must be registered and up to date so you and your pet can be reunited.

Make an appointment today with one of our vets to ensure you have the best chance of being reunited with your pet if it gets lost.

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