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Vets@St Clair


A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s skin. It can be done during a normal consultation if we allow enough time. The microchip is embedded with a unique code. This code can be placed onto a national computer database, so it is particularly useful in the return of lost pets. They can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute. It is compulsory to microchip dogs in New Zealand but not cats.

We are implanting more and more microchips into cats for use with microchip actuated cat-doors, thus resticting access to your house to only your cat(s).

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 microchipped please give us a call to make an appointment to have one inserted.  If you find a lost pet please call us to arrange a scan, we can reunite microchipped pets with their worried owners.