Free vet service for dog owners across the region
DOG owners across the region are being offered free microchipping to help reunite pets with their owners quickly if they were to ever get lost.
The Chip N Check program, powered by Isaac Regional Council’s Paws-itive Blueprint for Responsible Dog Ownership, allows pet owners to save money on something that is compulsory by law.
All dogs from 12 weeks of age are required to be microchipped and council is offering the service to residents for free in partnership with Clermont Veterinary Surgery and Moranbah Veterinary Clinic.
Isaac region Mayor Anne Baker said council’s number one priority was to reunite owners with their four-legged friends and a microchip was the best chance a lost pet had at going home.
“For the first time in Isaac’s history, we are genuinely proud and excited to work with our local Isaac vets to deliver this free and crucial service,” she said.
“How many times do we see lost and wandering dogs? It’s too many and it’s our job as a community to encourage responsible dog ownership and microchipping is among it.
“A microchip is permanent identification and for the first time free of charge, it’s peace of mind for Isaac’s dog owners.”
Councillor Simon West, who chairs the Domestic Dog Advisory Committee, said a microchip – the size of a grain of rice – would be implanted near the dog’s shoulders.
“A microchip is not a tracking device – it stores a dog’s unique identification number, which is linked to a database registry which includes important information such as the breed and the owner’s contact details,” he said.
“The information is only activated using a scanner used by a council compliance officer or a vet.
“We strongly encourage you to bring your dog to get microchipped at our on-the-spot clinics.”
Those who register through council’s new engagement platform Speak Up will receive a free leash and waste dispenser.
Dog owners will also receive free registration until June 30, if the dog is currently unregistered, during the pop-up visit.
This is only a microchip check clinic for dogs. If your dog is unwell, call the local vet directly.
The first pop up clinic will be held in Clermont on October 11 with Dysart and Middlemount in November, Moranbah in December and Nebo in January.
Head online to the council website, click on the Chip N Check icon for more information and to book a spot.