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A microchip is a tiny transponder (about the size of a grain of rice) implanted under the skin that permanently identifies your pet.
There are obvious benefits in having your pet permanently identified and traceable to you, and it is also compulsory to have this done for all dogs in New Zealand.
At Animal Health Centre we usually implant a microchip at the time of your pet’s 12 week vaccination – or sometimes when your pet is here for de-sexing at about 5 months old.
For cats, though microchip identification is not compulsory, it is a wise choice since cats lead a relatively free-ranging life and are prone to becoming lost or injured and sometimes end up at vet clinics or the SPCA without identification.
Registration of a pet with a microchip is done through the Hutt Council on the National Dog Data Base for dogs, and through the New Zealand Animal Registry in the case of cats. Clinic staff will instruct you about steps to take, it’s easy!