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Microchipping your Dog

Microchipping your dog is now compulsory for all newly registered dogs, with the exception of farm working dogs (referring to New Zealand only). This means that when you register a new dog or if your dog has being identified as dangerous, it must now be microchipped.

Microchipping ensures that if your dog is lost or stolen it can be easily identified – especially if its identification tag has fallen off. You can get your dog microchipped at your local veterinary clinic or enquire at your local council. Some local council’s will subsidise the cost of microchipping your dog, however this varies from region to region. There are standards that must be adhered to when the microchipping is done so it is important you check with your local council for a list of good operators.

The microchip itself is the size of a grain of rice and the cost of the operation varies (usually around $45 – $80). It is inserted usually just behind the shoulders using a needle. The procedure usually only takes a few seconds and is not too different from a vaccination. The chip has a unique number to your dogs information and is stored on a national database, which means it can be scanned anywhere in New Zealand and be recognised. Most SPCA and pounds hold scanners so if your dog gets away from your home it can be quickly identified and returned.

Microchipping usually only has to be done once in your dog’s life and ensures that if your dog needs to be identified then it has a permanent way.

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One response to “Microchipping your Dog”

  1. Vicki EB says:

    I’m not sure about other cities, but in Christchurch, the council pay for microchipping at 10 Metro Place Bromley between 11-12pm on Fridays 🙂 I took my puppy and it was very quick and easy.

    Here’s a link with all the info: http://resources.ccc.govt.nz/files/MicrochippingService-docs.pdf

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