Microchipping your guinea pig is not a legal requirement in Australia but can be beneficial. Microchipping is used as a permanent form of identification. The chip can be scanned by any vet clinic or rescue centre. Your guinea pig will have its unique number entered into a central database linked to your contact details. If they ever go missing you can easily be reunited with them.
The Rabbit Doctors offer the microchip implantation via appointment or during desexing.
The microchip is a small device (no larger than a grain of rice) which has a unique code recorded. The procedure itself isn't invasive and can be performed during a consultation or house-call.
What is the procedure?
This is implanted using a special needle between the shoulder blades of your pet.
You will be provided with a form that requires your details and secondary contact details. Once completed and implanted this is submitted to Central Animal Records who enter this into their database.
You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours.
What happen if my pet is lost?
Any pound or animal shelter has an obligation within 48 hours to scan and check an animal for permanent identification.
Reuniting pets with their owners is generally governed by local legislation, what this means is that it is normally your local animal shelter that will be contacting you to advise you your lost pet has been found.
We recommend you contact Central Animal Records and list your pet as LOST and contact all local vet clinics and shelters in your area to provide details in case your bunny is found.
Always keep your details up to date with your microchip company!
Microchipping is a permanent means of identification that can be performed at home or in the clinic
Central Animal Records