Disco is a 13 year old Border Collie x Kelpie who has just moved to Melbourne with his owner. He was never microchipped as a young dog but for his owner to register him with a Melbourne council it is a requirement that Disco must be microchipped.
We implanted a microchip under Disco's skin between the shoulder blades which doesn't cause any side effects. A microchip is a tiny transponder chip about the size of a grain of rice, which has an identification number programmed into it. The microchip is inert, has no battery and uses no energy, and will last for the life of the animal.
A current microchip is a useful microchip so it is also very important to make sure your contact details are fully up to date. There are lots of benefits of getting your pet microchipped. It is a permanent form of identification and it cannot be lost unlike a collar and tag. It is the quickest and easiest way for your pet to be returned to you, saves the lives of hundreds of lost pets handed to shelters every year, it is for life and is inexpensive. It was also important for Disco to have permanent identification because he is an older dog and has just moved to a new home and not familiar with his new surroundings yet. Some older dogs can loose their hearing or eye sight and get a fright and take off and get lost.
Did you know?
Did you know that when your cat or dog reaches three months of age you must apply to register your pet with the City of Melbourne? You may be fined if your pet is found not registered. For more information on how to register your pet please contact your local council.