While owners may take every precaution to keep their pet safe, it only takes a moment’s inattention, a busy child, an unattended open gate, or a frightened pet taking flight to see you and your pet separated.
On the day we created this page, TradeMe had 416 missing pets, 34 birds, 57 dogs and 309 cats, and 16 other much loved pets ranging from pigs to ponies. Significantly there are almost 8 times as many missing cats as dogs, this may be due to the fact that cats are much harder to confine than dogs, but also owing to microchipping of dogs being compulsory by law. Cats and other pets are only micro-chipped at the discretion of their owners.
A microchip is your pet’s permanent ID which cannot be lost or altered. Microchipping is a great tool in reuniting pets’ with their families. It is not a GPS – i.e. it can’t track your pet and identify where they are in your street, however if found by someone other than you, your pet can be taken to a local vet, the SPCA or the council where it can be scanned. This scanner will read the microchip which is inserted via injection into the skin between the shoulder blades of your cat or dog. The number corresponding to the microchip will then allow the authorised person scanning your pet to access a database which has your contact details listed to the number of your pet’s microchip.
Currently there are two microchip databases – the local and the national. The local database is free and run by the council. It is for dogs only.
The national database covers all animals not just locally but nationwide, it involves a small one off payment for the life of your pet. The national database allows plenty of contact details for you and someone nominated by you to be a secondary contact. We can access this database 24hours 7 days a week. Already we have had many lost animals brought into us and within 5 minutes of the pet being brought in we are phoning the owner to ask if they are missing a certain fur person.
Lastly, it is important to remember to update your details should you move. A microchip does no good in reuniting pets and their people if the details on the database are incorrect.
If you have any queries regarding microchipping don’t hesitate to call us on 544 2604.
If your cats have their own cat flap, then chances are you've woken up in the middle of the night to find they've thrown an impromptu gathering to which they've invited every cat in the neighbourhood? If this sounds all too familiar, then you are not alone. One of our vet nurses even found the neighbourhood strays had taken a liking to using her toaster as a litter-tray. Fortunately there is an incredibly simple solution to this problem.
A microchip pet door is a cat flap that reads your cat's or small dog's microchip number and only allows your own pets to enter your home. Because the door scans your pet's unique microchip number you don't need to worry about any other microchipped animals getting through. And you never need to worry about their microchip getting lost as often happens with magnets worn on a collar.
The doors come in two sizes - the cat door for small and medium cats and the pet door for large cats and small dogs.
Visit the SUREFLAP® website to find out more about their cat flaps and pet doors.
Please note our in-store prices varies from that shown on the SUREFLAP® website so give us a call on 5442604 to find out more.
Speaking from experience, we can honestly advise you that it is better not to wait until you've had to replace your third new toaster before you consider a microchip pet door.