Microchipping is a legal requirement in NSW and is best performed when your animal is still young.
Microchipping your pet involves inserting a small electronic chip, about the size of a grain of rice, under the skin of your pet, usually between the shoulder blades. The chip contains a unique identification number that can be read by a scanner. This number is linked to your pet's information, including your contact information and any important medical information, in a database.
Microchipping your pet is a safe and effective way to ensure that your pet can be identified if they are lost or stolen. It is a quick and relatively painless procedure that can be done by a veterinarian or trained professional. The microchip is designed to last for the lifetime of your pet and does not require any maintenance.
If your pet becomes lost or stolen, a microchip can greatly increase the chances of them being reunited with you. Animal shelters, veterinarians, and animal control agencies have scanners that can read the microchip and access your pet's identification number. They can then use this number to contact the database and retrieve your contact information.
It's important to keep your contact information up to date in the microchip database. If you move or change your phone number, make sure to update your information with the company that manages the database. This will ensure that you can be contacted if your pet is found.
Overall, microchipping your pet is a responsible and effective way to help keep them safe and secure.