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Microchip your pets

Microchip your pets

Microchipping ensures lifetime identification of your pets and is compulsory for all new pets being registered for the first time.

How microchipping works

A microchip (about the size of a grain of rice with its own unique number) has an identification number programmed into it, and is injected under the skin around your pet's shoulder area. It is a simple procedure, which causes no side effects.

A scanner that reads microchip numbers is passed over your pet’s skin to identify it. The scanned number is then checked against the microchip registry, which provides details of each pet’s owners.

Once your pet is microchipped, you will receive a certificate of identification from the licensed microchip registry, which contains your contact details. It is important to check the information on the certificate and make sure you update the registry if your residential or contact details change.

Benefits of microchipping

  • Microchipping can quickly reunite owners with lost pets.
  • Microchipping allows vets to quickly identify and contact the owners of injured pets, who may need to make urgent decisions about their animal’s treatment.
  • Microchipping could save your pet’s life – thousands of unidentified pets in pounds have to be euthanased each year in Victoria because they can’t be returned to their owners.
  • Microchips cannot be removed or fall off like the traditional collar and tag.

Where to get your pet microchipped

You can have your pet microchipped at any vet clinic.

For more information about microchipping your pet see the RSPCA website.