For the first time in Fiji microships as a form of identification on sterilized dogs has been introduced.

The increasing dog population in the district of Naviti, Yasawa will now be under control following a spaying and neutering exercise recently conducted at Kese Village, Naviti.

The microchip is a little digital transponder that’s about the size of a grain of rice.

The Ministry of Agriculture together with the Charles Sturt University, Fiji National University and Vinaka Fiji Yasawa Trust Foundation collaborated to bring the dog population under control through the spaying and neutering exercise.

Awareness has also been conducted with the villagers on being responsible pet owners to give them the sense of ownership, to look after the dogs properly and ensure the dogs are treated well

Charles Sturt University Veterinary Doctor Julie Ramsay said this was a continuous practice of the past clinics held in Fiji.

Meanwhile, a similar Spaying and Neutering of dogs and cats will be held in Suva this week.

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