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Microchipping and Identification Services

It’s not always possible to keep track of your pet at all hours of day, and the unfortunate reality of being a pet owner is that sometimes they may go astray and get lost.

While it might not be possible to completely avoid your pet getting lost, you can reduce the amount of time they are lost by having them microchipped. In Queensland, all dogs and cats must be implanted with a microchip.

Here at Sugarland Animal Hospital, we offer microchip implanting services, We also have the scanning technology available at our veterinary clinic to be able to easily identify a microchipped pet. Each year we successfully reunite pets with their owners with the assistance of microchip technology.

Frequently Asked Questions About Microchipping

  • How does a microchip work?

    Microchips are small chips around the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip is injected into your pet, usually between their shoulder blades and is a relatively pain free procedure. Each microchip contains a unique code that links to a national registry. The national registry contains your details including your home address and phone number.

    Many vets have the required equipment to scan microchips, as well as council rangers and animal shelters.

  • If I move how do my pet’s detailed get updated?

    If any of your details change, like your address or phone number, you should update this information with the national registry your pet is registered with.

    If you’re not sure who your pet is registered with, you can find out through the Pet Address website.

  • Does it take long to have my pet microchipped?

    Having your pet microchipped is a very quick procedure that involves a microchip being implanted under your pet’s skin between their shoulder blades. The procedure can be done during a normal routine appointment at most veterinary clinics. Your pet will experience minimal discomfort during the procedure, and once the chip is in, it is painless.

  • What should I do if my pet is lost?

    If you do lose your pet, there are a number of things you should consider doing.

    First, we recommend thoroughly searching your home and property to ensure they are not hiding or possibly hurt somewhere. Advise your neighbours that your pet is missing, they may be able to help you keep an eye out for them. We also advise contacting animal shelters, pounds and vets in your area. You can also use social media to reach out to your network. There are also lots of lost pet groups on social media that may be able to share your information.

    If your pet is microchipped and they are taken to a vet clinic, or found by a ranger, you have a higher chance of being reunited with them. If your pet is microchipped but you’re unsure whether your registered details are correct, we highly recommend that you contact the national registry your pet is registered with and update your details.

  • What should I do if I find a lost animal?

    If you find an animal that appears to be lost, first check to see if they have any identifying information on them such as a tag on their collar. If there are contact details on a tag try contacting the owner.

    If you are unable to see any of this information, or unable to approach the animal, you can contact the local council or an animal welfare organisation who may be able to organise picking up the animal and reuniting them with their owner.

    If an animal is microchipped, animal shelters, vets and even the local council may be able to scan the chip to get the details of the owner and reunite them as well.