The importance of microchipping

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Murwillumbah
NSW 2484

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Has your dog or cat ever gone missing?  It can be very distressing for pet owners, who have lost their pet.  Microchipping is a great way to ensure that once your pet is found, they can be identified and returned home to you.

The NSW State Government requires microchipping and lifetime registration for all dogs and cats as part of the Companion Animals Act.  Pets should be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or when sold or given away (whichever comes first) and should be registered with the council by 6 months of age.

A microchip is only the size of a grain of rice and is implanted into the skin between the shoulder blades.  We use a syringe to insert the microchip and most dogs and cats only feel a slight jab at the time and then forget about it.

The local council has a microchip scanner and if a lost pet is brought to the pound, then scanning for a microchip is the simplest way to find out where the pet lives and return them home to the family.  Tags and collars can go missing and so microchipping is a great way to permanently identify your pet.

Don't forget if you move, or you sell your pet, that it is vital to contact the Tweed Shire Council so the records can be updated.  There is nothing more distressing than finding a lost pet, finding it is microchipped and then finding out the records are outdated and the family have moved!!

During storm season, many pets run in a panic and then can't find the way home.  Microchipped animals can be quickly and easily returned back where they belong.


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