Your pets are one of the most precious things to you and as such you want to make sure that they are safe and cannot become lost. One of the best ways to do this is to have your pet microchipped and registered with one of the many microchip recording services available.
Pet microchipping and recording is a way of being able to trace the owners of lost and stray pets. A microchip is an RFID (radio frequency identification device) that is about the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is completely safe and it is inserted into the scruff of the animal’s neck. A unique identification number is provided with the microchip and the chip stores the owner’s details. To read the chip, a special scanner is used.
Pet recording is where the details and the microchip number are recorded or registered with a certain database. There are several of these databases with some of the most common ones including the National Pet Register, the Companion Animal Microchip Registry, and Central Animal Records (CAR). These agencies or registries are available at any time of day in order to provide microchip details so that lost animals can be reunited with their owners.
Microchipping is a service that can only be done by an authorised implanter and this is usually your local vet. Once the microchipping has been done, they will provide you with the microchip number as well as ensure that your details are up to date and correct.
Microchipping and recording (or registering) your pet is now mandatory in some states of Australia and it is very highly recommended in the others. This is because that no matter how well you look after your pet or how well you think it is contained, it can still escape one day. All it takes is your indoor kitty darting out an open door, or your dog digging under the fence. In some cases, your beloved pet might be stolen. If your pet is microchipped and registered with the appropriate agency, it is much more likely that you will be reunited with your pet, and a lot quicker than otherwise. Microchipping is preferred to an ID tag on the collar as pets can easily lose the tag or even the whole collar itself!
Even if your pet is microchipped, it is important to ensure that the details remain up to date. The microchip won’t be too helpful if it contains the details of the house you were living in two moves ago! Most microchip agencies or registries will allow you to change your details via the web or over the phone. If your pet should change ownership (for example if you are rescuing a shelter animal), the previous owner should change the details into your name.
Remember, even if your pet is microchipped and registered with one of the agencies mentioned in this article, it still needs to be registered with your local council. This is because council pet registration is completely separate to microchipping and recording organisations.