We are regularly called upon to both implant microchips, and scan animals that have been lost to see if they have a microchip.

Microchips are a great way to ensure that if your animal is unlucky enough to get lost, they can always be identified as belonging to you.

Almost all veterinary clinics and Shire Councils now have the “scanners” that allow the details to be read on the microchip, complete with your contact details, allowing you to be reunited with your pet.

For those of you who are interested, there are 3 main components in the microchip that are used for our animals:

    • An iron core that is wrapped with copper wire – this acts as an antennae receiving the signal put out by the microchip scanner as it is run over your animal
    • The central chip (silicon) that contains the chip’s identification number and circuits to give this information to the scanner
    • A capacitor to act as a tuner with the antenna

These components are enclosed within a special glass that is safe to be implanted for a lifetime.

The microchip itself is inerted and remains inactive until the scanner is passed over it to retrieve the information that this chip contains.

It is now a legal requirement for all cats to be microchipped and registered within the Mundaring Shire.

Please call the clinic for more information about microchips and how best to provide this service for your dog or cat.