Pet blitz cheap as chips

PetStock Melton has a pet microchipping blitz coming up. Left to right Chloe Wialletton with Charlie and Dylan Andrew with Alfie. Pic Marco De Luca

By Ewen McRae

Pet owners across Melton are being urged to get their furry friends microchipped.

PETstock Melton is running discounted microchipping sessions on October 19, continuing a four year initiative that focuses on responsible pet ownership.

Microchipping during the sessions will cost $10, instead of the usual $80.

PETstock Assist charity and events co-ordinator Jess Guilfoyle said microchipping was an important part of pet ownership.

“Microchipping is mandatory in most states; however, thousands of pets still remain non-microchipped despite the introduction of new laws,” Ms Guilfoyle said.

“Whether due to the usual cost of microchipping, lack of awareness on the laws, or owners not understanding how crucial microchips are to the safe return of lost pets.

“If you haven’t had your pet microchipped, this is a fantastic opportunity to book an appointment at your local PETstock store to ensure your pet’s safety, should they ever get lost.”

PETstock said up to 200,000 pets are euthanised every year in Australia.

Owners can bring in dogs, cats and small animals including rabbits and guinea pigs to be microchipped, however horses, livestock, birds and reptiles will not be eligible.

Register for microchipping from October 1 at