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Every year, thousands of pets go missing and many don't make it back home.
If your animal becomes lost and is microchipped, the chances of it being returned to you are greatly improved. The Tauranga City Council requires that every dog being registered for the first time must be implanted with a microchip.
The chip (approximately the size and shape of a grain of rice) is implanted via a needle beneath your pet's skin, usually between the shoulder blades. Microchips are encoded with a number, which is linked to your details on a database. When a scanner is passed over your animal, the number is read and tracked back to you.
When microchipping your dog we offer two options. You can have your details registered with the local Council, or you can have your detail registered with both the Council and the New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR). This national database has the advantage of being accessible online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Microchipping cats is also highly recommended, as many of our feline friends are adept at losing collars and nametags! Cats are recorded on the NZCAR database. Microchipping can be done in a consultation, or when your pet is in for a surgical procedure.