Microchip Identification for Pets

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s skin. This procedure can be undertaken during a normal consultation.

The microchip itself is not a GPS location device in that it cannot be used to identify where your pet is located.  Instead, it is embedded with a code that is unique to your pet and is the most effective form of permanent identification.

In New Zealand the micro-chip number is registered on a national  data base which means that if you take your dog on holiday, to say Gisborne and you live in Palmerston North and they run away, the Gisborne pound will know who the owner is and will call you to let you collect your dog.

At Central Vets & Pets we always register your pet with the National Data Base so no matter where you are, your animal will be recognised and able to be returned back to your family.

For dogs, registering their micro-chip number with the local council is now a legal requirement in New Zealand. 

In Palmerston North, it is now mandatory under a PNCC bylaw to de-sex and microchip your cat. This applies to all cats born after 1st July 2018.  Registered cat breeders are exempt this law.  This provides the owners with peace of mind that if their cat is found and taken to the council, they are likely to be returned rather than euthanised. 

If a pet is ever lost and is handed in at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter a microchip scanner is passed over the animal to reveal the unique code. The vet or animal shelter can then refer to the database to identify the name, address and phone number of the owner, so they can be reunited.

If your pet is not micro-chipped please give us a call on 06 3503950 to make an appointment to have one inserted, or email us on centralvetsandpets@gmail.com and one of our friendly team will call you back.

If you find a lost pet please call us to arrange a scan, we can reunite micro-chipped pets with their worried owners.