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What is A Microchip?


Think of it as an ID card for your pet...

A microchip is an implant the size of a grain of rice, which is inserted under the pet’s skin to allow it to be identified. Each microchip has unique chip identification details including the pet’s description as well as the owner’s contact details.

Microchips play an important role in locating a pet's owner if it becomes lost or is dropped off at an animal shelter.

Microchips can also be used to match vaccination records to keep track of what immunisations the pet has had.

In most states and territories in Australia, it is the legal obligation of a pet owner to ensure their pet is microchipped.

It is also important to remember to update your pets microchip details if you change address or phone number, and to make sure you transfer contact details if your pet changes owners.

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.