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A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under the bird's skin on the left chest. The bird micro chipping procedure takes about 5 minutes to implant the chip which is usually placed while your bird is under a gas anaesthetic. With prior arrangement individual birds can be done at Melbounre Bird vet while you wait ie during the bird vet consult.. We encourage microchipping for birds over 150 grams body weight. The microchip is embedded with a code unique to your bird and is an effective form of identification. This code is placed onto a national computer database, so it is particularly useful in the return of lost birds. Presence of a microchip can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute. While microchipping of dogs is now compulsory in Victoria, it is optional for birds.
If a bird is ever lost and is handed in at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter a microchip scanner is passed over the animal to reveal the unique code. The vet or animal shelter can then refer to the database to identify the name, address and phone number of the owner, so they can be reunited.
If your bird is not microchipped please give Melbourne Bird Vet a call to make an appointment to have one inserted. If you find a lost pet please call us to arrange a scan, we can reunite microchipped pets with their concerned. owners.
At Bird vet Melbourne the bird specialists encourage micro chipping of flighted pet birds and valuable aviary birds..