A microchip is a very small chip that is inserted under your pet’s skin. This procedure is quick and involves a simple injection. The microchip is placed between the shoulders on your pet’s neck.
This chip effectively gives your pet a unique number. The chip can be read using a scanner which will identify and display your pets microchip number.
Once microchipped your pets unique number is registered on the NZ Companion Animal Register. If your pet is lost and taken to a veterinary practice, SPCA or council it can be scanned and quickly reunited with you.
The Companion Animal Register is a not for profit organisation, set up as a trust by the New Zealand Veterinary Association, NZVA Companion Animal Society, New Zealand Kennel Club, New Zealand Cat Fancy Association and the SPCA.
Visit http://www.animalregister.co.nz/ or phone 0800 LOSTPET (0800 567 873)
Current New Zealand Law states that:
All dogs registered in New Zealand on or after the 1st of July 2006 must be microchipped.
(NB dogs that are used principally for herding or driving stock are exempt from this ruling)
Remember it is important to keep your contact details up to date on the NZCAR to ensure you & your pet can be reunited quickly, at any time.