In WA it is compulsory to have cats and dogs microchipped. Did you know that noncompliance can lead to an on-the-spot fine of $200?
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet's skin, between their shoulder blades. This can be done during a general consultation. The microchip is embedded with a code unique to your pet and is the most effective form of permanent identification. This code is entered into a national computer database, and is particularly useful for the return of lost pets. We provide a microchipping service which includes Lifetime Registration for your pet.
If a pet is ever lost and is handed in at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter, a microchip scanner is passed over the animal to reveal their unique code. The vet or animal shelter can then refer to the database to identify the owner's name, address, and phone number to contact them and reunite them with their pet. Microchips can also be very useful when the ownership of an animal is in dispute.
You can read more information about WA legislation surrounding pet ownership at the following links:
FAQs — Cats and Dogs: https://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au/AdviceSupport/Pages/FAQs-Cats-Dogs.aspx#
Responsible cat ownership here: http://dlg.wa.gov.au/Content/Legislation/ProposedCatAct.aspx
Responsible dog ownership here: https://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au/Publications/Pages/Laws-for-Responsible-Dog-Ownership.aspx
If your pet is not microchipped, please visit us at the clinic to have one inserted.
If you have any questions about microchipping, give us a call on 9274 1845, and we will be happy to answer them.
If you find a lost pet, please bring them to the clinic for a microchip scan so that we can reunite them with their worried owners!