We strongly recommend microchipping your cat or dog. All dogs born after the 1st July 2006 have to be microchipped in New Zealand (with the exemption of working farm dogs). We can also microchip your rabbits, guinea pigs or even birds.
How big is the microchip?
The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice.
How is it administered?
The microchip is administered via a syringe and a very small needle, which causes only a little bit of discomfort. A local anaesthetic is available for more sensitive pets.
Does it hurt and how long does it take?
For most dogs and cats, microchipping only stings as much as any other injection or vaccination. A lot of pets don’t even react to the needle at all. We can also microchip your pet when they are being speyed/neutered, meaning they will be asleep while the chip is inserted.
We recommend registering your pet’s microchip number on the NZ Companion Animal Registry. The registry links all your contact details and your pet’s details with their chip; this allows both you and your pet to be quickly identified in the case of emergency. The registry is used by vet clinics New Zealand wide and by the SPCA.