The Importance of being Microchipped


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A microchip is one of the most important things you can do for your pet. With a single injection you can ensure you pet will be returned to you should they get lost.

Standard microchips are approximately the size of a grain of rice, and there are now mini-chips which are even smaller. They are implanted under the skin and can be read with a special scanner to provide a unique identification number for your pet. This unique ID number connects to your contact information on a NSW wide database and often a National database as well.

Microchipping is a legal requirement in NSW for both dogs and cats. All dogs and cats, including puppies and kittens, must be microchipped before they are given away or sold. No animal is too big or too small for a microchip; it can be implanted into a 500g kitten or a 70kg Great Dane.

Microchipping works! We at the Leeton Veterinary Hospital see a number of lost animals, mostly brought in by concerned members of the public. The first thing we do when one of these animals is brought to us…we check to see if they have a microchip. If there is one then we can quickly reunite pet and owners. If there isn’t a microchip we are required to hand the dog or cat over to the pound. So you can see just how important a microchip is.

You should always keep your details up-to-date as well. The contact information on a microchip is only as good as the last update. If your phone number or address has changed then you should inform your local council who can have the information updated.

If you buy or are given a new dog or cat you should ensure you are given ‘Change of Ownership’ paperwork. If you are not, the Leeton Veterinary Hospital has copies which you can fill out. This will allow the council to change your new pet over to your ownership. So if they get lost we will call you not their previous owner.

If you have any questions about microchipping or would like to get your pet microchipped, or checked for a microchip please call the Leeton Veterinary Hospital on 6953 3111 and talk to one of our team.


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