New Facial Recognition Technology helps find lost pets

New Zealand is now home to one of the most sophisticated and intelligent systems in the world to find your lost pet.

‘PiP’ Facial Recognition, as it is known, will revolutionise the way we reunite lost pets with their families according to the New Zealand Companion Animal Council (NZCAC). The Council is the owner of the New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR), which has now added this highly advanced facial recognition system to the existing New Zealand Companion Animal Register services. “Combined with the New Zealand Companion Animal Register microchip database and Scanner Angel smart network ‘PiP’ Facial Recognition will add another dimension to helping find lost animals” says the NZCAC Manager, Dr Jessica Walker.

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Virbac Change Policy On Replacing Microchips

Last week Virbac announced a program to replace all faulty Virbac chips regardless of whether they were still working. Yesterday (25 January 2018) they have changed the policy and will now only replace faulty chips that have failed.

Virbac did not consult with the NZCAR on this change in policy and we are disappointed with this decision. Not replacing chips that are proving to have a high failure rate has the potential to put the welfare of New Zealand pets at risk.

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Emergency Preparedness for Your Pet

Disaster strikes when you least expect, so it’s important to be prepared.

After recent earthquakes here in New Zealand and natural disasters abroad, many people are beginning to realise the importance of creating an emergency plan ahead of time. This plan should include not only family members, but also pets.

Natural disasters are just as dangerous for our four-legged friends as they are for us. Almost three-quarters of New Zealand families own a pet, and as pet owners, it’s our responsibility to make sure that our pets are safe in the event of a flood, fire, or earthquake. Here are some tips to help you prepare yourself and your pet for the unexpected.

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