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Pets on the Net strongly recommends microchipping your pet cat, dog etc. You can also chip other pets such as guinea pigs, rabbits, horses, even fish!

Ensure maximum protection against loss by using an ID tag as the first line of defence AND microchipping as well in case the ID tag falls off or is removed...Desexing, adequate fencing, attention and food are additional factors.

Microchip for pets, only about the size of a grain of riceHow big is the microchip?
The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice

How is it put in?
The micro chip is administered via a syringe and largish needle, though not extraordinarily large.

Does it hurt, how long does it take?
For most dogs and cats, it only stings as much as any injection or vaccination does. Many vets will apply some local anesthetic cream first, and the procedure only takes a few seconds. It is the paperwork that takes some time, as each chip has a unique number, which is recorded on a robust and safe database, for Life.

Where can I get my pet microchipped?
Find you nearest NZ microchip implanter online, using google maps

Will the chip move?
The risk of the Microchip moving, [migrating] is very low

How about Change of Ownership of a microchipped pet?
To register, or check or change address details on an existing microchip, go to the NZ Companion Animal Register website (NZCAR) .

Do pounds and SPCA's have scanners?
All pounds and SPCA have scanners and most vets

Aren't microchips harder to read than ID tags/registration tags?
Microchips require the scanner to be passed closely over the dogs shoulders. However, reading a registration or dog tag requires even closer examination, and any dog can be caught and scanned eventually. Collars and tags cannot be relied upon as they may be removed accidentally, or malciously

What is the cost?
Currently vets are charging around $45 to $80, often cheaper if your pet is already in the clinic for another procedure, eg desexing.

Related Links
NZ Companion Animal Register (NZCAR)



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