Did you know...you are far more likely to be reunited with your lost dog or cat when they are microchipped? 

A microchip is a small transponder placed under the skin. It has an unique number that can be detected using a microchip scanner.

Vet clinics, SPCA and local councils have microchip scanners which can be used to identify your animal and contact you via the database.  There are two types of registration; one with your local council and one nationally. The difference between the two is that the local council’s database lists the animals located within the region, but does not include animals from outside their region. If you register your animal with the national database (NZCAR) the information can be accessed from anywhere in New Zealand.

It is important to ensure that your details are up to date, so if you move house or change phone number let your local council and the NZCAR know! This can be done via their website, www.animalregister.co.nz. Also when a pet is transferred to a new owner, the new owner should make sure that contact details are changed on the database.

Microchipping Facts:
Over 80% of animals that are microchipped are successfully reunited with their owners.
Microchipping does not harm your pet’s health.
The microchip is approximately the size of a grain of rice.
The microchip lasts the lifetime of your pet, and is normally replaced  free of charge if it becomes faulty. 
Each chip has a number and when an animal is microchipped, the owner’s details are recorded against that number when they register their animal with the local council and if opted for, onto the NZCAR database.
If your animal is lost and taken into a vet clinic or SPCA, it can be reunited with you as soon as possible. 
Microchipping can be used as legal identification if an animal’s ownership is in dispute.
Animal microchips do not include GPS (Global Positioning System).
The Dog Control Act 1996 requires all dogs over 3 months old to be registered with their local council every year by 1 July. 

Is microchipping painful?
Microchipping is a quick (only takes a few seconds), safe and simple procedure and causes little discomfort. Microchipping is very important for reuniting lost pets with their owners. Should your pet go missing you are far more likely to be reunited if he or she is microchipped. 

Contact your local VetEnt clinic to make an appointment to get your pet microchipped today. 

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