It is  essential to ensure your pet cat or dog is microchipped. Unlike collars  and dog tags, microchips cannot be removed or lost. Microchipped pets  are far more likely to returned to their owners when lost. 

What is a microchip? How does it work?

A  microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. The chip  itself is very small – about the size of a grain of rice – and is  implanted subcutaneously (just under the skin) between the shoulder  blades at the back of your pet's neck. Each chip has a unique number  that is detected using a microchip scanner. The microchip number  is recorded on a microchip database registry with details about the  animal and owner. Pet owners need to ensure their contact details are  recorded on the database against their pet's microchip number. Should  your pet wander or become lost, vets, animal shelters and local councils  can scan your pet for a microchip and contact you via the database.

It  is very important to keep your contact details up to date on the  database so that if your address or phone number changes, you will still  be contactable in the event of your pet becoming lost/straying.

If a pet is transferred to a new owner, the new owner must ensure their contact details are recorded on the database.

Who do I contact if I need to change my contact details with my pet's microchip registry database?

The  easiest way to change your contact details is to search  http://www.petaddress.com.au/ using your pet’s microchip number.  Petaddress will redirect you to the database that lists your pet’s  microchip number so that you may contact the microchip registry  directly. Some registries provide Change of Address forms on their  websites.

If you cannot find your pet’s registry by searching on  pet address, please contact your vet or microchip implanter to find out  which database your pet is listed in. Currently there are 5 private  microchip registries and one state government registry:

Australasian Animal Registry
Central Animal Records
Petsafe
Pet Register
HomeSafeID
NSW government registry - the NSW Companion Animal Registry

Is microchipping my pet cat or dog compulsory?

In  some states microchipping is mandatory for cats and dogs. Ideally your  pet cat or dog should be microchipped prior to you purchasing or  adopting your pet. This is the only way to effectively trace the origin  of the cat/dog. However, if your pet is not yet microchipped, then we  recommend you make an appointment with your vet to have your pet  microchipped (even in those states where microchipping is not yet  compulsory). Some local councils and animal welfare organizations can  also microchip pets.

Is microchipping painful?

Microchipping  is a quick (only takes a few seconds), safe and simple procedure and  causes little discomfort. Some puppies and kittens may flinch or yelp as  the chip is implanted; however the pain is minimal and short-lived.  Most animals will forget about it very quickly. Microchipping is very  important for re-uniting lost pets with their owners. Should your pet go  missing, you are far more likely to be reunited if he or she is  microchipped. The benefits of microchipping in terms of identifying a  lost animal and reuniting them with their owner far outweigh any  minimal, momentary discomfort.

When should microchipping be done?

Ideally  your pet cat or dog should be microchipped prior to you purchasing or  adopting your pet. This is the only way to effectively trace the origin  of a cat or dog. However, if your pet is not yet microchipped, then we  recommend that you make an appointment with your vet to have your pet  microchipped (even in those states where microchipping is not yet  compulsory). Some local councils and animal welfare organizations can  also microchip pets.