Please be sure that your pets are correctly identified!
From time to time, injured pets without identification turn up at vet clinics, brought in by concerned members of the public. If there is no ID, owners cannot be contacted and these animals have to be assumed to be strays. We do advertise them in the local paper but this takes time.
It does happen! Hit by car - no collar - no ID. Who is the owner? What to do?
If the animal is severely injured should the animal be put down straight away?
Or - should we use lots of practice resources trying to patch it up?
Often it is a case of damned if you do and damned if you don't.
It is quite impossible for any animal shelter or veterinary practice to know what treatment (if any) that true owners of an unidentified stray might want. We have a duty of care to relieve pain and suffering but we would like to do more.
The message is simple and clear:
- ALWAYS HAVE THAT COLLAR AND TAG ON - better still - have a microchip ID implanted as well.
- Ensure that the details carried on the collar, tag and chip are current and correct.
It is now a Queensland Government requirement that all puppies and kittens are microchipped before 12 weeks of age. This is in addition to Council Registration.