We encourage owners to have their birds micro-chipped to facilitate identification and recovery if they are ever lost or stolen. The microchip number can be used to register with Central Animal Records, a national pet database. Newer ‘mini-microchips’, that are about half the size of conventional microchips but still contain the same information, have become available and are excellent for birds. The microchip is implanted into the left breast muscle in birds. With birds, less than 1 kg, we recommend that the microchip be placed while the bird is under general anaesthesia. Please ask a staff member if you would like to have your bird micro-chipped, an extended consult will be booked so that it can be done on the same day as your checkup.
We also do microchipping for other species such as dogs and cats. They do not need anaesthesia for the implantation as they are implanted under the skin.