Meadows Veterinary Centre is an accredited microchipping Centre.
Microchipping is a safe and permanent form of identification for your horse or pet. Unlike collars and tags, microchips cannot be lost. In 2009 113, 819 animals in Australia were reunited with their owners thanks to them being microchipped!
The microchip is approximately the size of a grain of rice, and is implanted between the shoulder blades in small animals and in the neck on horses.
All stray animals which present to the pound, animal shelter or a vet clinic are scanned to search for the presence of a microchip. If a microchip has been implanted, the pet can be reunited with their owner very quickly. Unfortunately, if we are presented with an animal that has not been microchipped we have no option but to send them to the pound where we hope they will eventually be reunited with their owners. Many people are unaware that if your pet is sent to the pound that
you will incur fines and fees. The fine as of July 2009 for having an animal wandering at large is $80, if the dog is unregistered - $80, pound fees $45 plus $12 per day. This makes microchipping at a cost of $55 which includes the lifetime registration very economical.
We use the Central Animal Records data base which means that information can be accessed via the website www.car.com.au 24 hrs a day.
However, owners must remember to change any of the contact details via this web site if their original contact details change.