Pets on the Net strongly recommends microchipping your pet cat, dog etc. You can also chip other pets such as guinea pigs, rabbits, horses, even fish!
Ensure maximum protection against loss by using an ID tag as the first line of defence AND microchipping as well in case the ID tag falls off or is removed...Desexing, adequate fencing, attention,
excercise and food are additional factors.
How big is the microchip?
The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice
How is it put in?
The micro chip is administered via a syringe.For most dogs and cats, it only stings as much as any injection or vaccination does. Many vets will apply some local anesthetic cream first, and the procedure only takes a few seconds. It is the paperwork that takes some time, as each chip has a unique number, which is recorded on a robust and safe
NZ database, for Life.
Does a microchip have GPS?
Sadly no, not yet. Many popepl think their pet can be tracked by
a chip, but this is not the case (yet). In countries other than
NZ some providers have GPS trackable collars, but the collar is
too bulky for cats and small dogs (due to the battery) and can
be maliously removed very easily, there is also a ongoing
monthly cost of having such a service, plus the intial
investment in the collar. GPS collars are not currently
available in NZ. Although there are one or two tracking
devices in NZ designed for pets that work on radio waves with a
transmitter worn on the collar. A microchip is differernet as it
is implanted in the pet and unable to be removed and remains
prrof positive of identity.
Where can I get my pet microchipped?
Find you nearest NZ
regsitered microchip implanter online, using google maps
What is the cost?
Currently vets are
charging around $45 to
$80, often cheaper if
your pet is already in
the clinic for another
procedure i.e. desexing.
We recommend you call
around for quotes as prices vary so much and check if the price
includes registration as well as chip implantation
Will the chip move?
The risk of the Microchip moving, [migrating] is very low.
How about Change of
Ownership of a
To register, or
check or change address
details on an existing
microchip, go to the
NZ Companion Animal
(NZCAR). For the council
microchip database or National Dog Database or NDD (for dogs
only), call your local council.
Do pounds and SPCA's
All pounds, SPCA's and
vets have scanners, as do some shelters and rescues.
harder to read than ID
Microchips require the
scanner to be passed
closely over the animals
reading a registration
or dog tag requires even
closer examination, and
any animal can be caught
and scanned eventually.
Collars and tags cannot
be relied upon as they
may be removed
Do I have to microchip my pet?
All dogs regsiteeed in NZ for the forst time since 1 July
2006 must be microchipped and registered by law by the age of 3
months (except working farm dogs).
My dog is already registered with council, do I need to
register on the NZ Companion Animal Register (NZCAR) as well?
We strongly advise all dogs be registered with both the council
database NDD (National Dog Database) and the NZCAR (NZ Companion
My pet is missing and
microchipped, what should I do?
Check that your pet is registered and that the microchip details
are up to date on the relevant databases (NDD and NZCAR). If
your pet is registered with an international dtabases (as you
came from overseas, or are regsitered on the prwviouisly used
dtabase Austrlaiaon database (AAR), we stornly reocmmend you
register your pets microchip number in NZ witht he NZCAR.