If your cat or dog is lost, microchipping is the quickest way to ensure that you and your pet are reunited.
A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. The chip itself is very small – about the size of a grain of rice – and is implanted subcutaneously (just under the skin) between the shoulder blades at the back of your pet’s neck. Each chip has a unique number that is detected using a microchip scanner. The microchip number is recorded on a microchip database registry with details about the animal and owner. Pet owners need to ensure their contact and phone details are current. Should your pet stray or become lost, vets, animal shelters and local councils can scan your pet for a microchip and contact you directly.
The insertion of the microchip into the cat or dog is a relatively quick procedure. The microchip is implanted between the animal’s shoulder blades under the skin with a needle and special syringe. In most cases your dog or cat will barely feel it.
In Queensland, microchipping is mandatory for cats and dogs. Ideally your pet cat or dog should be microchipped prior to you purchasing or adopting your pet, or alternatively, at your pets first vaccination.