Microchipping - permanent identification
Microchipping is a permanent form of identification for your pet. Inserting a microchip is like a vaccination, it only takes a few seconds. The procedure is very safe and your pet will feel little pain. Once done, your pet's details, and your contact address and phone numbers are entered on a national database.
Why do we recommend microchips?
Collars can fall off or be removed details on pet tags can fade or become outdated. Inserting a microchip means your pet can be easily identified by a ranger, animal shelter or veterinarian regardless of the situation. Once identified, you can be contacted immediately and informed of the location of your pet.
If your pet has been stolen and then later recovered, ownership of your pet can be challenged. Microchipping is the only way you can prove ownership of your pet (and yes this does happen).
What happens if your pet strays?
If your pet is ever lost, a ranger, animal shelter or veterinarian anywhere in Australia can scan your pet for a microchip and access your contact details.
The only way that you may not become reunited with your lost pet is if you don't contact the register when you have changed your address or contact phone numbers.
Who to contact if you change address
Pets with a microchip implanted in NSW are required by law to be registered on a state based register - NSW Pet Registry (petregistry.nsw.gov.au). If you change address or telephone number, it is your responsibility to update your contact details. This state based database is not linked to any national register and it is not compulsory in NSW to register a pet's microchip on a national registry.
If you are moving to another state we strongly recommend registering your pet on a national register such as the Australasian Animal Registry (rasnsw.com.au/animal-registry/pet-owners) and complete a registration form. A fee of approximately $10 will apply. If you do not know your pet's microchip number and visit our practice, please contact us for further information.
If you have moved from another state and not sure who your pet is registered with, you can find out through Pet Address at petaddress.com.au.
How do you have your pet microchipped?
We can insert a Microchip during a normal veterinary consultation. Please contact us for an appointment or for more information.