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 NZ pet statistics and update on Backhome Biotec microchips

The New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR) handles animal microchip registrations and has put together some interesting figures.

Kiwis lead the world in pet ownership, with 64% of NZ households owning an animal. The only country that (just) beats us is the USA at 65%. Our pets slightly outnumber us at 4.6 million, with cats the most popular pet in 44% of our households. Dogs follow in 28% of households. Fish are also very popular, there are around 1.5 million fish kept as pets around NZ, but only in 10% of households, so averaging about 9 fish each. Total pet cat numbers come in second at 1.1 million. We also have about 700 000 pet dogs, and over 500 000 pet birds.

Pet ownership is highest in families with children between 9 and 17 years old (78%). Rental properties often put barriers in the way of pet ownership, and this mainly affects generation Y, especially in Auckland. Christchurch leads the country in pet ownership (72%) with Wellington last at 59%. Asians are least likely to own pets (22%) and those that do most commonly have fish or birds. Those who live in the country are more likely to own pets than urban dwellers with 78% of rural households having pets.

Out of all the dogs and cats in NZ, 71% of dogs are microchipped but only 31% of cats. The microchips proved their worth in the Christchurch earthquakes, with the NZCAR team handling about 25 000 queries. 25% of non microchipped animals made it home within 3 days, as opposed to 85% of chipped animals within 3 hours. Chipped and registered animals are over 3 x more likely to get home.

On the downside there have been a small number of chips that have failed, or may still fail. My own dog has one of these. The brand, Backhome Biotec, is marketed by Virbac and there are around 15 000 of these registered on the NZCAR. Numbers affected are from 900-010-000-125-000 to 900-010-000-135-000, 900-088-000-032-635 to 900-088-000-543-529 and 900-008-800-219-506 to 900-008-800-248-955. Most were implanted before 2013. It is not a brand I've routinely used since starting the Little River Vet Services, and all of our affected clients have already been contacted. Virbac will cover the costs of replacing faulty chips and registering the new number on the NZCAR. It is always a good idea to get your animals' microchip checked regularly, and also to make sure that your contact details are up to date. We don't charge for this so feel free to pop in to the clinic for a check.

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We have moved to 3328 Christchurch-Akaroa Rd near the Birdlings Flat turnoff, watch out for our big sign, you can't miss it. We have a much bigger range of foods and animal health products, including the Eukanuba Premium Performance for working dogs at great prices. Our cattery is also open and looking great.

We have an inhouse blood analyzer at the clinic, so we can run many tests while you wait. This allows us to offer pre-anaesthetic testing as well as health screening for older animals, and provide an emergency service afterhours and weekends when the Christchurch laboratory is closed. We can also determine mineral levels in down cows. We also now have a portable ultrasound scanner, good news for pregnancy testing.

We once again have the cheap mismating injection available for bitches. This has been off the market for a few years now, but Paul has been able to have some compounded. We have some ideas to help you save on animal health expenses- ask us about the bulk deals for Eukanuba dog food, and get to feed a premium, performance enhancing brand. Also the RFID electronic ear tags are now compulsory for cattle and deer. Ask us about ordering NAIT tags for your stock, or about the new tagging requirements. There is a lot more flexibility in what visible tags are acceptable- they don't all have to be yellow! We are able to procure eartags at below recommended retail prices.

We also have a large range of Acana/Orijen, Hills Science Diet and Black Hawk dog and cat food in stock. Paul can deliver to Akaroa on Mondays and Thursdays and to Diamond Harbour on Tuesdays.

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