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Virbac Microchip RECALL

You may have heard about a recall of microchips in the media recently.

It has been brought to our attention that some pets have been issued with potentially faulty Virbac BioTech Microchips that were distributed between 2009 and 2012.

While this product fault only affects a very small percentage of pets we think it is best to check.

Please pop in to your local Pet Doctors so that we can scan and check your pets microchip and give them pet a yummy treat while we are at it. This is of course free of charge and will only take a few moments.

For more information check out the NZ Veterinary Associations media release http://www.nzva.org.nz/news/381773/Veterinarians-supporting-pet-owners-over-potential-microchip-failures.htm

MICROCHIPPING

Unfortunately sometimes pets get lost, which can be a very upsetting experience. We are active in recommending micro-chipping - not just for dogs but most other pets - as a safe, effective and inexpensive way to increase the chance of your pet making a safe return to your family.

A microchip is approximately the size of a grain of rice and is inserted under the skin. It has a unique identification number that allows the pet to be tracked back to you with the aid of a scanner and a national database holding your contact details. All shelters and veterinary clinics have microchip scanners and are able to identify an owned pet by contacting the registration service. With that, it is possible to get in contact with you and let you know where your loved pet has been found.

We can microchip your pet during a general health check exam, during a specific appointment or when they come in for any kind of surgery. The insertion procedure is quick and simple. For your pet it will feel much the same as having a routine vaccination injection.