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Joey’s (Belated) Tuesday Tip – Microchips and Pet Tags

By Scott Lackenby | Dated October 28, 2014

Microchip-Implantation-Dog-Hey gang! How are you all? Or, I know what you’re thinking. Why am I posting a Tuesday Tip on Wednesday? Well I was having some issues with the website yesterday, so I’m bringing it to you a day late. I have a very exciting Pet of the Week for you on Thursday, it involves a rescue by some amazing Firefighters so be sure to check back in with me on Thursday.

My tip this week is about microchipping and pet tags, two very important things for us, your fur-babies, to have. A microchip is the same size as a piece of long grain rice and is inserted under the skin. This chip contains a unique code that once registered, can be used to identify your pet should s/he ever go missing. We use a special microchip scanner to read the number and that number is then entered into a database where your contact details are registered. Now, this process only works if two things happen.
1. You make sure your pet has a working microchip. And
2. You make sure that you update your contact details if you move or change phone numbers.

With the exception of some working farm dogs, all dogs and cats in NSW are required to have a microchip. This chip is usually implanted when the puppy or kitten has their vaccination at 8-10weeks. But just having a microchip doesn’t register your pet. Legally you do not need to finalize your pets registration with your local council until you have them desexed at 6months of age. Not only does desexing prevent serious health issues for your pet in later life, you will also save on registration fees with your pets registration.

It’s also really important that you make sure your contact details are up to date. Not sure if they are? Get in touch with your local council and find out. They will need you to give them your pets microchip number, and if you don’t have that handy, give us a call. We usually check microchip numbers for our patients. Too often we have stray animals come in with a microchip that either haven’t had the registration process completed or the contact detail aren’t up to date. And it’s not just dogs and cats that can be microchipped. Have a beloved bunny, frisky ferret or precious parrot? They can also be microchipped and registered.

The other important thing is making sure your canine companion is wearing a collar with an ID tag. This tag needs to have your dog’s name on it as well as a phone number. What about cats you say? Well, I’m a perfect example of why the rules aren’t as strict for us felines. We have a tendency to lose our collars, either by accident or on purpose, so we aren’t bound by the same rules as my doggy friends. If your dog is picked up by a council ranger and isn’t wearing a collar with a tag, you could be fined. The same applies if you don’t microchip your dog or cat or if they are picked up and your contact details are not current. So aside from potentially helping reunite your lost with you, by mictochipping and putting an ID tag on, you will also be avoiding some serious fines.

If you have any questions about microchipping or need to organize a pet tag, just give us a call. Well, better go. I’ll catch you all tomorrow for Pet of the Week. Meows for now, love Joey xoxo

Written by Scott Lackenby

Scott joined the team at Gordon Vets in 1999, where he was immediately impressed with the high standard of customer service. Scott is very popular amongst clients for his kind hearted approach to pet care and his great sense of humour. His particular areas of interest are endocrinology and dermatology.

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Gordon Vet has looked after my golden retriever since she was 9 weeks. Everyone has been amazing and caring with lots of experience. I have been able to ask any questions and always been welcome. Even one day when she stepped on a bee in the evening, they stayed open until we got there and helped her get it out. Thanks to all the staff :-)
Lizzie Wei
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We just moved to Gordon couple month ago and need to get my cat vaccinated. We found this hospital through google and I need to say they provide excellent service and very professional! The doctor really knows cat. Highly recommended!
Lara Bisley
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08:15 27 Nov 19
Exceptional veterinary hospital. I have been taking my dog here for many years and although I now live in the Eastern Suburbs, I still drive across town to see the Vets at Gordon. The staff are highly skilled, compassionate, friendly and helpful. My 9 year old dog has had 2 knee operations (1 on each knee!) and the outcome of these surgeries far exceeded my expectations. I have been incredibly impressed with the care provided during all of our visits. I would highly recommend Gordon Vet Hospital.
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23:22 21 Oct 19
Very friendly staff. Wonderful care for all our animals A++
Jennie Keogh
Jennie Keogh
06:36 21 Oct 19
Fantastic and friendly staff who you can tell really care about your pet. Their follow up service is also very reassuring. I also board my cat with Gordon Vet and I feel very comfortable to know he's in safe and caring hands. I'm so glad I found this clinic.
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20:24 03 Oct 19
We took our dog there and Dr. David take care of his skin issues. he was so caring and professional.
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06:37 02 Sep 19
Compassionate, caring and highly skilled veterinary surgeons who treat their patients and owners with respect. The nursing and administration staff are efficient and remember their patients by name which is a lovely touch. A lovely vet practice which despite our Golden Retriever Finn’s complex medical history, is always welcoming to him and he never displays any signs of anxiety when attending. Dr Helen is lovely and a firm favourite of ours!
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05:00 05 Nov 18
Highly recommend Dr David, Scott, Helen, and Catherine, I've taken my cat to see all the doctors here.
Jeremy Tarbox
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22:55 10 Sep 18
We found a stray, agitated dog in front of our house last night. We phoned but got no help from the Council ranger who gave two options: tie him up in front yard overnight or "let him loose, he'll find his own way home" :( So we phoned Gordon Vet: they stayed open a few minutes so we could run him up and he could have a bed and dinner. Thank you Gordon Vet Hospital, hope he gets home soon!!! :)
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Good competant vet. Did what I needed. Staff friendly. Cat's well.
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03:20 15 Feb 18
Absolutely love the service here. I switched from other Vets to this Vet as the staff here are quite attentive and really care about your furry baby! I have basically seen most of the Dr's here and all of them so far have been fantastic, friendly and fun to speak with! Easy to locate and enough parking available! 5 Stars indeed!
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