To update the contact details recorded on your pet’s microchip

The easiest way to do this is via http://www.petaddress.com.au/ – If you do not know your pet’s microchip number, please contact your vet or Council to obtain the number.

Simply type in your pet’s microchip number in search field and click “search”.  If the number is found, you will be redirected to the appropriate database.

Why is it important to microchip your pet?

Microchips are the best way of ensuring the permanent identification of your pets.

Microchips are considered reliable and an effective way to identify lost pets. They also protect pet owners against a person dishonestly claiming ownership of a pet.

Each year thousands of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by pounds, shelters and refuges. Some of these animals never make it home because they can’t be identified. Even worse, some of these animals are euthanised.

Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you, the owner. Collar and tags can break or become unreadable. So, if you want to improve your pets chances of getting home safe quickly, microchipping is your best option.

Animals microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically implanted by a vet just beneath the surface of the skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to receiving a vaccination through a needle, and is relatively painless to pets. Most animals don’t even react when the microchip is implanted. Once implanted the microchip remains between the shoulder blades just beneath the skin for the rest of the animal’s life, becoming a permanent form of identification.

How do microchips work?

When an animal is implanted with a microchip, the microchip is given a unique number. The unique microchip number is different to the animal’s council registration number, and can be read with a microchip reader without causing distress to the animal. When the microchip is read, the unique microchip number can be found in a permanent identification device (PID) registry database, where it shows details about the animal, including its owner and owner’s contact details. If you move house or change your telephone number you should let the PID registry know so that they can update your contact details in their records. To find out how to contact the PID registry with your pet’s details, look at the documentation you were given at the time of microchipping, or ask the person who microchipped your animal.

Cost of microchipping

The cost of microchipping your cat or dog will depend upon who you get to implant the microchip, however the cost is very affordable. Microchipping a cat or dog can only be done by an authorised microchip implanter.

If your pet is not microchipped, please contact your vet to arrange this as soon as possible.