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Altona Veterinary Clinic
97 Pier Street
Vic 3018

03 9398 3333
03 9315 9504
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It is very important to ensure your pets’ microchip details are correct to allow you to be contacted if you pet becomes lost and found. Below is some information on what a microchip is and how it is used. If you are needing your pet microchipped or for any further information please call the clinic directly on 9398 3333.


What is a microchip?

A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. The microchip is very small and is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades of your pet. This chip holds a number which is unique to each pet. The microchip registry has the ability to search that unique number and view any contact details that have been entered for that microchip.  This is why it is important to ensure you continue to update any changes to your contact details with the microchip registry throughout the life of your pet. If they have the wrong contact details, we CANNOT find you! The microchip is not a tracking device.


When to microchip your pet?

Microchipping your pet can be done at any age! Most pets are microchipped at the time or purchase or adoption. It is important to ensure that if you are getting a new pet that is already microchipped, that the previous owner signs a form to transfer ownership of the microchip to you, which can be printed online from the registry that holds your pets’ microchip. We advise you to follow this up with the previous owner and microchip registry to ensure it has been completed correctly.


Checking details on your pets’ microchip.

If you are unsure of the details allocated to your pets microchip, any vet clinic can scan your pet and give you the microchip number. The vet practice should be able to search the database to see which registry holds your details. It will be up to you to contact this registry, whether online or phone, to update your details. Unfortunately we cannot do this for you.

The microchip is scanned using a scanner which vet clinic and shelter will have available. It is important to regularly check that your pets’ microchip is scanning correctly. Sometime the microchip may become faulty or it can travel around the skin layer of your pet and may be found outside of the normal scanning area. In this situation it is recommended to implant a second microchip as backup in case the first microchip is not found if your pet becomes lost.

When the microchip is scanned, the only details that can be seen is the unique microchip number (it appears like a barcode). Your details do not automatically come up. The registry holding your pets microchip details need to be contacted to be able to get your contact information.


Microchipping and Council Registration

Council registration and microchipping your pet are two separate registrations. Microchipping your pet does not mean that your pet is registered with your local council. Legislation requires all pets to be registered with their local council and to be registered, your pet must be microchipped.  Please see your local council policies on registering your pets.


What to do if your pet becomes lost

If your pet becomes lost it is advised that you contact the registry that holds your pets microchip to inform them that they are missing. The will check your contact details are correct also. You should also contact any veterinary clinics in the area, your local council and the Lost Dogs Home as all dogs that have been picked up by the ranger are transported to the lost dogs home if the owner cannot be contacted.

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