The stress and anxiety of losing a beloved animal is difficult - especially when you realise that whoever picks up your pet has no way of knowing who they are or how to get them back to their family. Microchipping ensures that your pet returns to you everytime - a much cheaper and less stressful outcome for everyone!
Unfortunately, time and time again we have pets handed in to us with no collar, tags, or microchip. Sometimes their owner calls at the right time - often these pets are far from home and a beloved pet remains lost.
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. 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. Here at Bayswater Vet Clinic, we use an advanced form of microchip which is 40% smaller than your average microchip, making it a much more simple and less invasive form of chipping.
MICROCHIPPING IS NOW COMPULSORY FOR ALL CATS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA UNDER THE NEW CAT BILL.
As of 2013, Dog Microchipping will also be 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 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.
A HAPPY ENDING FOR 'CAIRO'
'Cairo' saw an opportunity one day to go for an adventure, after one of her family members made a simple mistake in leaving the side gate slightly ajar. A 6 month old German Shepherd with a sense of adventure, 'Cairo' crossed the local metro train tracks, a 3-lane highway and a busy suburban main road, narrowly missing the peak hour traffic racing along the roads and tracks.
A kind passer-by managed to pick her up and bring her in to us at Bayswater Vet Clinic, a little exhausted, in need of a good drink, some food and a lie down. A scan of her with a microchip scanner revealed that, thankfully, 'Cairo' was microchipped. After a quick call to her worried owners, some food and a drink, 'Cairo' was reunited with her family, who were more than happy to have her back safe and sound.
'Cairo' was lucky - had she not been microchipped, her owners search may have been long and emotional, potentially ending with 'Cairo' being re-homed if her owners had not been able to find her.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PET IS LOST:
If your pet is lost, there are number of thingsyou can do to help aid in their return;
- Door knock in the area they were lost from to see if anyone has seen your pet
- Contact the Local Council to report your pet missing
- Contact the Vet's in the local area (remember, a scared animal may run quite a distance so work from your closest Clinic's and move outwards)
- Ensure your details are up to date on their Council Registration and Microchip Database (AAR, CAR and Pet Rescue)
- Make a post (or aska friend to) on the Facebook site Pets of Perth - Lost and Found.
- Make up posters to put up in your local area with a photo and decsription of your Pet
- Contact Perth shelters and leave a description of your cat in case it gets brought in.
Once your pet is found, ensure they are MICROCHIPPED as soon as possible - if it can happen once, it can happen again!