Benalla Veterinary Clinic

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Help keep pets safe!

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s skin between its shoulder blades. It can be done during a normal consultation. The microchip is embedded with a code unique to your pet and is the most effective form of permanent identification. This code is 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. In Victoria, microchipping of pets is now compulsory.

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 microchip database to identify the name, address and phone number of the owner, so they can be reunited.

Microchipping is different from council registration. Both microchipping and council registration are required by law from 3 months of age. If you have a new animal to register please ensure you take the microchip details with you to the council for the pet registration process. To claim a discount or concession, proof of sterilsation (desexing), registration with an approved breed society, concession card details, etc will be required.

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.

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