Having a Microchip is the best way to ensure your furry friend finds their way home if they get lost.
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades. A special reader is used to read the barcode or unique identification number. This number is linked to the owner's details on a database online.
In Queensland, all cats and dogs must have a microchip done before 12 weeks of age. Once rehomed, ownership needs to be transferred from the breeder to the new pet parents.
All dog breeders must have a Breeder Identification Number (BIN) to have puppies microchipped - this is to help prevent puppy farming.
It is a good idea for all pet parents to check the contact information on their pet’s microchip registration has been transferred from the breeder and that all information is correct and current. A microchip doesn’t prove ownership of a pet; it is primarily to help them find their way home.