The microchip implant itself is approximately the size of a grain of rice. It is introduced under the skin behind the neck in the area known as the scruff. The procedure itself is as fast as an injection. The scruff of the neck is a relatively desensitised part of cats and dogs. Most pets are therefore very tolerant of this procedure.
Over many years microchips have been known to migrate and have been found as low down as the elbows and sternum. There have also been microchips that have failed, requiring replacement.
Microchips have become a major identifying feature for pet exports and breeding programmes.
It is a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped and registered (with the Auckland City Council). If your dog has not already been microchipped, you will need to make a booking with our mobile vet to have a microchip implanted. Once completed you will then receive a microchip certificate to give to the council. They will register that microchip to your name. For more information please visit http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/
There is another registry which is optional for pet owners. This is called the New Zealand Companion Animal Registry (NZCAR). So why would you register your dog with NZCAR? The answer is accessibility of information. If your dog went missing at 6 PM on Friday and was subsequently found by an animal control officer or taken down to a local clinic by a member of the public, the first thing they will do is scan for a microchip. Once a microchip number is found it would normally be entered in to the Auckland City Council database but since the offices are closed, your information will not be accessible until they reopen on Monday morning. Having the NZCAR registration enables constant accessibility of owner contact details.
Cats are not yet under legal requirement to be microchipped in Auckland. So why would anyone choose to microchip their cats? There are two reasons:
If you have any questions about microchips and registrations please feel free to contact our team.