Why we Microchip our Dogs

Getting a microchip is a relatively painless, minor procedure that your pet can undergo, but it can be the one thing that can reunite you with your beloved friend if they should go missing. Unlike a collar, which can easily break, fall off or be removed, a microchip is a reliable way to ensure your contact information – as well as vital information about your dog’s medical conditions – is readily available should your pet get lost, increasing the odds that they will be returned to you.  


As a pet parent, one of our worse nightmares is losing our pet. Not knowing whether they are safe and often not knowing where to even start the search for them. With a microchip in place you can be safe in the knowledge that, once your pet is found, you will be quickly reunited with them.


What is a microchip?

A pet microchip is a small implant (about the size of a grain of rice) that’s placed just under the skin, between the shoulder blades and the back of your pet’s neck. It’s a permanent method of identification which holds a unique identifying number, this number is connected to a registry which holds detail of your pet and their pet parent so you can be easily contacted. Micro-chipping of cats and dogs is mandatory in most states/territories in Australia.


How does it work?

When your pet is found and taken to the vet, animal shelter or local council, one of the first things that’s carried out is the pet is scanned for a microchip. The microchip reader reads the unique identifying number and then that number is searched on a database registry which holds details about the pet parent. They can then get in contact with you to reunite you with your pet. There are currently 7 microchip registries’ in Australia.


What do I need to do to get my pet microchipped?

If your pet is not yet microchipped then make an appointment with your vet who will be able to carry out the quick procedure during an appointment - it’s a very quick and easy process which only takes a couple of seconds.


The average cost of getting your pet microchipped in Australia is around $45, this is a one-time cost and should cover the registration fee for the microchip database. Only authorised microchip implanters are permitted to microchip pets, these included vets and welfare organisations. Some local councils also organise microchipping days.


If your pet has been microchipped before you purchased them then you will need to transfer the ownership over to yourself, ensuring that the contact details recorded on the registry are yours.


How do I change my contact details?

It’s really important to keep your contact details on the pet microchip registry up to date. If you move house or change your phone number you can go online and edit your details, that way you will still be contactable if your pet gets lost.


The easiest way to change your details is to search www.petaddress.com.au using your pet’s microchip number. Petaddress is then able to redirect you to the correct registry database where your pet is listed. You can then use their ‘change of address’ instructions / form to update your details and ensure that you and your pet can still be easily reunited.


If you don’t know your pets microchip number or you can’t find your details on Petaddress then you can contact the vet where the microchip was implanted, and they should be able to help you.


If you have a greyhound and can’t find their registry details, you may want to check the Greyhound Microchip Registry as they are not registered with Petaddress.


Getting your pet microchipped is the quickest, easiest and safest way to make sure you and your pet are reunited should you they get lost.