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Episode 17: Microchipping

Microchipping isn't as scary as the tin foil brigade makes it out to be, and microchips don't actually work how most people think they do. BUT! They *are* an excellent, cheap, safe, and reliable way to permanently identify your pet should the worst happen, and microchipping is mandatory for cats and dogs in many parts of the world.

Nicole and Jez discuss how microchips work, and what they actually do to help lost pets get home. And spend more than a minute at the top yelling about how they aren't in vaccines.


Dingman, P., Levy, J., Rockey, L., & Crandall, M. (2014). Use of visual and permanent identification for pets by veterinary clinics. The Veterinary Journal, 201(1), 46-50. doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2014.04.024

Lord, L., Griffin, B., Slater, M., & Levy, J. (2010). Evaluation of collars and microchips for visual and permanent identification of pet cats. Journal Of The American Veterinary Medical Association, 237(4), 387-394. doi: 10.2460/javma.237.4.387

Lord, L., Ingwersen, W., Gray, J., & Wintz, D. (2009). Characterization of animals with microchips entering animal shelters. Journal Of The American Veterinary Medical Association, 235(2), 160-167. doi: 10.2460/javma.235.2.160

The Tiny Vet Podcast

By Dr Nicole Su & Jez Watts

A very small podcast about big animal issues. Weekly episodes hosted by Dr Nicole Su (BSc. BVMS MANZCVS Unusual Pets).

Dr Nicole Su is a veterinarian, Jez Watts is a comedian-biotechnologist, and together they discuss commonly misunderstood topics in the pet and vet world. They live with three rabbits who are their children.

Presented by Upilio Pty Ltd.

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