Microchipping your Pet

We all hope our own pets will never stray from home and get lost, or even worse be involved in a road accident. We should never assume this won’t happen to our own pets. Many stray pets never see their owners again and the uncertainty of knowing whether a lost pet is still alive can be difficult to cope with.

Technology in the form of a microchip implant now provides a quick and easy method of identifying your pet. The microchip contains electronic information allowing pet and owner to be quickly reunited in the event of straying.

microchippingAny pet animal can be fitted with a chip. The law now requires that puppies first registered after 1st July 2006 must be microchipped with the exception of working dogs.The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and is easily inserted under your pets skin by an injection. The chip remains in place for life and the pet remains unaware of its presence.

A microchip can be implanted at any time, and we can combine this with their vaccinations. However, we recommend the most convenient time is when the dog is anaesthetised for desexing. While the law states that a microchip must be implanted within two months of registration, your local council may give a time extension to allow the microchipping to take place at the time of desexing, which is often done at 5 – 6 months of age.

Once microchipped your pets unique identification number becomes registered on a national database.

There are two national databases in operation.
  • One is the National Dog Database, which all microchipped dogs must be registered with. This is the government run database that Tasman Distric Dog Control Officers have access to. However, vets and the SPCA do not have direct access to this database and in the event of a lost dog being taken to a vet or the SPCA there may be a slight delay in reuniting the pet and owners until Dog Control releases the details.
  • To overcome this delay an optional database run by the New Zealand Companion Animal Society is in operation. This database is for ALL animals, not just dogs. The advantage of this database is that vets and the SPCA have direct access to owner’s details ensuring there is no delay. For your dog or other pet to be registered on this database, there is a small one off fee.

Medical Insurance for your Pet

Medical insurance is now available for pets.
Are you aware that it can cost a minimum of $1500 – $2000 or more to have a fractured leg repaired?

Far too often we have euthanased pets following road accidents, as their owners cannot afford the required surgery. If your pet is unlucky enough to develop an ongoing health problem such as heart disease, diabetes, allergies etc, the veterinary costs over the lifetime of your pet can easily be in the thousands. It makes great sense to get your pets insured which gives you peace of mind. We recommend that you think seriously about how you would cope financially in a situation where expensive surgery or long term treatment is necessary for your puppy. They offer a variety of plans ranging from very basic to very comprehensive cover. Be sure you know what you are getting for your premium. Some policies will not insure prediposed conditions in certain breeds, if you have a pure-bred animal, make sure you know what your pet is covered for (and what it isn’t covered for).