Are your pet’s microchip details up-to-date?
As we all start to spend more time outdoors, it’s especially important to make sure your pet is properly identified with an up-to-date microchip. Sadly, many stray pets with microchips are unable to be safely reunited with their owners due to incorrect or incomplete microchip registration details.
How should I register my new pet?
If you are adopting a cat or dog that has already been microchipped, you should receive a signed ‘Change of Owner/Details’ microchip form (with your new pet’s microchip number on it) from the breeder or previous owner.
You must then use this paperwork to register your pet as soon as possible with a national pet registry – this can be done at most vet clinics, and also online via the national pet registry websites.
This will link your contact details with your pet’s microchip number. This way, if your pet is ever picked up as a stray, authorised individuals or organisations can scan your pet to get their microchip number and search it on the national pet database to obtain your contact details.
What if my contact details change?
If you move house or change phone numbers, ensure you update your pet’s microchip contact details on your national pet registry as soon as possible. Animals in new homes can feel disoriented for a while and may be more likely to stray.
For previously registered pets, you can often change registration details online yourself, using your previously created registry profile. Otherwise, contact your local vet clinic for assistance in updating your pet’s record.
If you are not sure if your pet is microchipped or whether your details are currently up-to-date, just ask one of our friendly team for assistance.