Microchipping is compulsory by law for all dogs registered in New Zealand after July 2006. However, it is also a fantastic way of permanently identifying your pet and helps to reunite lost cats and dogs with their owners as quickly as possible. Worldwide, over 20 million pets are euthanised every year simply because they stray and their owners can’t be found. Microchipping can prevent this happening to your pet.
A microchip is the size of a grain of rice, each with its own unique number. It is inserted using a special needle, underneath the animal’s skin, between the shoulder blades. It is a quick procedure that causes minimal discomfort. A lost pet usually ends up at the SPCA, Pound, Cat Protection league shelter or local veterinary centre. All these places are equipped with scanners to detect the pet’s unique microchip code. This information is held on the NZ Companion Animal Register and council records allow them to inform owners of their missing pet. Microchipping technology has recently undergone significant advances which makes microchips smaller, thinner, lighter and more durable. What this means for your pet is gentler implantation, and reduced risk of malfunction.