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It’s Hip to Microchip

By Helen Burns | Dated August 25, 2016

Are your pet’s microchip details up to date?
How do you know if the details on the Pet Registry are correct?
How do you get them back if they disappear?

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So how does it all work?

You’re all probably familiar with the grain of rice-sized microchip that is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades of pets.
Now there are no personal details stored on the microchip. Instead, each chip has a unique number recorded on it, and is detected using a microchip scanner. Authorised people such as vets, the pound and council rangers are able to access the registry database and contact you via the details that you provided on registration.

So, here’s the clincher.

The microchip is only useful if your contact details on the register are up to date. So, if you move house, change phone number, or if your pet changes ownership, then it is essential to update your details on the NSW Pet Registry as soon as possible.
To do so, firstly you will need to set up a user profile on the NSW Pet Registry website at www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au and then enter your pet’s microchip number. If you need the microchip number, please phone Gordon Vet on 9498 3000.

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What are the laws for dogs?

Must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away, whichever occurs first
Must be registered by 6 months of age. This is a separate process to the microchipping although it uses the microchip number. Registration is done through local council to the NSW government pet registry. Pets only need to be registered once in their lifetime.
When outside your property, all dogs must wear a collar and tag with the dog’s name and your address or phone number on it.

And the laws for cats?

All cats (born after 1st July 1999) must be microchipped and registered as with dogs. They do not have to wear a collar and tag.

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Written by Helen Burns

Helen graduated from Sydney Uni in 1997 with First Class Honours and worked in a practice on the Northern Beaches for 16 years. Helen joined the Gordon Vet team early in 2014 and our clients have really enjoyed getting to know her. She loves being a vet and takes a keen interest in all of her patients. Her gentle, friendly nature helps pets to feel relaxed when they visit the vet. Helen lives locally and has 3 children. At least one of her children seems destined to be a vet! When not ferrying her children around, Helen cares for her menagerie of pets. These include Chloe the dog, Obi and Leia the cats, Little Cocky the galah and Rosie the very tame eclectus parrot who all happily coexist at her house. In her spare time, Helen likes to be active outdoors, running, kayaking, camping or playing any manner of sport with her children.

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Highly recommend Dr David, Scott, Helen, and Catherine, I've taken my cat to see all the doctors here.
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11:01 14 Jul 18
Good competant vet. Did what I needed. Staff friendly. Cat's well.
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Jeremy Tarbox
22:55 10 Sep 18
We found a stray, agitated dog in front of our house last night. We phoned but got no help from the Council ranger who gave two options: tie him up in front yard overnight or "let him loose, he'll find his own way home" :( So we phoned Gordon Vet: they stayed open a few minutes so we could run him up and he could have a bed and dinner. Thank you Gordon Vet Hospital, hope he gets home soon!!! :)
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