Microchipping gives you peace of mind that your pet can be identified, even if their collar and tag are lost.
A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. Remember, a microchip is NOT a GPS tracker, but simply contains a unique number that assists in tracing owners.
The chip itself is very small – about the size of a grain of rice – and is implanted just under the skin, at the back of your pet’s neck.
The microchip number is recorded on a database registry with details about the animal and owner.
Should your pet become lost, vets, animal shelters and local councils can scan your pet for a microchip and contact you via the database.
It is very important to keep your contact details up to date on the database, so that if you move house or change your phone number you will still be contactable in the event of your pet becoming lost. (RSPCA)
The Queensland Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 requires:
All cats and dogs born after 1 April, 2009 to be microchipped prior to 12 weeks of age.
All cats and dogs must be microchipped when ownership of the cat or dog changes.
Our Moreton Bay Regional Council encourages owners to also submit the microchip details to them with registration, for ease of identification.
If you have a new pet of any age, we can check by scanning them, to see if they are chipped.
If not, we can do it for you. We often do this at the same time as vaccinations or desexings.