Every year the RSPCA and other animal organisations are overwhelmed with thousands of lost pets. Reuniting these pets with their owners can be difficult as many cannot be identified, as collars and Pet ID tags can be easily lost. Having a microchipped pet is very important as if your pet is lost they are far more likely to be reunited with you if he or she is microchipped.

What is a microchip and how does it work?

A microchip implant is a simple and lifelong form of permanent identification. Smaller than a grain of rice, this tiny chip is implanted under the skin, between the shoulder blades at the back of your pet’s neck. Implantation is no more stressful or painful than routine vaccination and can be performed during a normal consultation with your veterinarian.

Each microchip is embedded with a unique code. This code, together with your contact details, is recorded in a database registry. If your pet gets lost, veterinary practices, councils and pet rescue organisations can use a microchip scanner to reveal the unique code. With this code, they can search the registry for your contact details and reunite your lost pet with you quickly.

When should my pet be microchipped?

Ideally, your pet should be microchipped prior to purchase or adoption. In Queensland, the Animal Management Act 2008 requires microchipping of dogs and cats prior to sale or adoption between 8 and 12 weeks of age. However, if your pet is not microchipped, we recommend that implantation is performed at the first veterinary check after you get your new fur baby.

Updating the database registry.

When your pet is microchipped, the implanter has seven days to record the microchip and contact details on a registry. At Cairns Veterinary Clinic, we record your pet’s microchip and contact details on the registry within 24 hours to ensure our clients have peace of mind, during that critical new pet stage, that if their new pet is lost, they can be reunited with them straight away.

The downside of microchipping.

Unfortunately, many owners forget to update their contact details on the microchip database when they change address or contact phone numbers. Updating your details as soon as possible after moving or changing phone numbers is extremely important as we cannot contact you without them. Our service includes assistance with updating these details, so if you need help, come in and talk to our reception staff.

We are also more than happy to scan found pets for a microchip and search the registry for their owner’s details so we can quickly reunite them with their beloved owners.

For further information, to update your pet’s microchip details or to book an appointment for implantation, please contact us at either of our locations.