We are proud of our exceptional service and care that we provide to both you and your pet. We are all animal owners and understand that special care is required for each individual pet, no matter what type of pet.
Dandenong Ranges Veterinary Centre is an accredited Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) microchipping centre.
This means that we have a strict protocol to follow when implanting and registering animals that are microchipped by us. We only use International Standard (ISO) microchips and register our microchips with Central Animal Records (CAR) - a 24 hour accessible, nationwide registry centre.
For small animals the microchip is implanted under the skin at the back of the neck above the shoulder blades. The procedure is quick & relatively painless though the needle used to implant the microchip is quite large. The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice & sits in a hard silicon casing. It sits dormant under the animal's skin until a scanner activates the microchip which sends out a signal which is read by the scanner & converted to a series of numbers / letters. This series of numbers/letters is linked to your details in the Central Animal Records database, allowing you to be contacted if your pet goes missing and is scanned at a veterinary clinic or shelter.
All microchipping performed at our surgery includes lifetime registration with Central Animal Records included in the one upfront fee. A discounted microchip fee is applied if the microchip is implanted whilst your pet is under sedation or general anaesthetic at our surgery for example when in having a desexing operation or x-rays. Since the needle to insert the microchip is quite large, the surgery for desexing is a great time to implant kittens & small dogs whilst they are under general anaesthetic.
The only time it is permitted for an animal to have more than 1 microchip is if the transponder in the original microchip doesn't work anymore or the original microchip is not an ISO (international standard) microchip. Current legislation requires that all pets are microchipped prior to 3 months of age.
It is important to always keep the ownership & address details for your pet up to date to avoid delays in contact by the vet surgery or council pound. Change of details forms can be downloaded from the Central Animal Records website or collected free of charge from Dandenong Ranges Veterinary Centre. If your pet is registered with another national or interstate registry or if you are unsure which registry your pet is on, contact us and we can help you to track it down and update your details if required.
Please be aware that microchip registration and council registration are separate processes. Your local council can provide more information about registration requirements, but in general, council registration is compulsory from 3 months of age for all dogs and cats.
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