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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.

Microchip for pets, only about the size of a grain of riceHow 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 microchipped pet?
To register, or check or change address details on an existing microchip, go to the NZ Companion Animal Register website (NZCAR). For the council microchip database or National Dog Database or NDD (for dogs only), call your local council.

Do pounds and SPCA's have scanners?
All pounds, SPCA's and vets have scanners, as do some shelters and rescues.

Aren't microchips harder to read than ID tags/registration tags?
Microchips require the scanner to be passed closely over the animals shoulders. However, 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 accidentally, or malciously

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 Animal Register).

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.

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