In addition to properly identifying your pet, microchipping has the potential to save their lives. Therefore, it is crucial to have your pet dog or cat microchipped. If your pet has a microchip, you are much more likely to find them again if they get lost.

What are microchips and how do they function?

Soft tissue surgery can offer multiple benefits for pets. It helps to prevent and treat diseases, injuries and other medical conditions. Soft tissue surgery is an important part of veterinary medicine and can improve the quality of life of our beloved animals.

One benefit of soft tissue surgery is treating pathologies such as masses or tumors in areas like the mouth, skin or organs. By surgically removing these types of issues, further complications down the line may be avoided. In addition, if chronic issues such as ulcers are present on soft tissues like those found in the mouth or stomach, surgical intervention may be necessary to relieve pain and discomfort associated with these conditions. Soft tissue surgery also has numerous cosmetic benefits.

Whether they are dealing with an injury or illness, there are times when soft tissue surgery can be the most effective treatment option. These types of surgeries allow precise incisions that minimize the overall trauma to the patient and recovery time. In addition, during these measures are taken to reduce any chances of infection while providing optimal results for patients. Soft tissue surgery also allows the opportunity to repair hernias that may occur in cats or dogs due to congenital weak spots or because of trauma or swelling from tumors or abscesses.

Is it the law to microchip your pet?

As of 2022, cats and dogs microchipping is compulsory in Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria as well as the Australian Capital Territory. In Tasmania, microchipping for dogs is mandatory.

When must you microchip your pet?

Within the above regulations, all dogs and cats need to be microchipped by the time they are 12 weeks old or within 28 days of getting them.

Benefits of microchipping your pet

  • Sadly, many animals that end up in kennels and vet clinics are not recognised or identified and must be put down since their owners are unable to be found. Therefore, microchipping can actually save your pet’s life.
  • A lifelong method of identification offered by a microchip can easily reunite owners with wounded or abandoned pets.
  • Unlike a conventional collar and tag, a microchip cannot be taken off or fall off.

How to microchip your animal

Microchips can only be implanted by authorised implanters, such as licensed veterinarians or authorised implanters who have undergone the necessary training.

Before implanting a microchip, implanters must scan the animal to make sure it has not previously chipped. Implanting a second microchip is not possible unless:

  • The initial microchip is inoperative.
  • The pet’s microchip has migrated outside of the scanning region; thus, the identification number cannot be picked up by the scanner.

Owners can microchip their pets at a veterinary office or a local microchip day in their city. If the owner was already paying the complete registration fees, then because of the discount for microchipped pets, the cost of microchipping will typically be repaid within the first few years by the cost savings.

More microchipping information

The certified registry that stores the information will issue a certificate of identification to the owners of recently microchipped pets. It’s essential to verify the accuracy of the data on the document by checking it.

Cats and dogs must be checked to determine whether they have been microchipped within three days of arriving at a kennel or shelter.

Only the following people have access to the microchip registry’s data:

  • By the animal’s owner
  • By the authorised implanter
  • By specific authorised government professionals
  • Only with the owner’s permission

For additional information concerning microchipping, speak with your local council or veterinarian. If you have any concerns about your obligations and rights as a pet owner, get in touch with your local council. Your council generally addresses problems involving stray or bothersome animals.