No. The chip is as small as a grain of rice. It is implanted using a needle by an authorised person, such as a veterinarian. The animal might feel slight discomfort at the time the chip is implanted, but nothing after that time.
At the Australian Animal Registry, our mission is to ensure the safe and speedy recovery of your valuable pet in the event it is lost. We are contactable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and when you contact us you will speak directly with a trained staff member.
At Australian Animal Registry (AAR) we take animal registration seriously. We require the signature of both the previous and new owner(s) to facilitate the change of ownership. To change ownership please visit the Owners Forms page and print the Change of Ownership Form. Email, fax or post the completed form with payment to AAR.
For NSW, WA, SA, NT, ACT and Tasmania a Statutory Declaration is accepted, together with the change of ownership form, if the previous owner's signature cannot be obtained. If the animal is registered in Queensland or Victoria, and you are unable to obtain the previous owner's signature, the AAR will contact the previous owner on your behalf, statutory declarations do not apply.
Where an email address is provided on the form, the registration certificate will be emailed on the next business day. If no email address is provided and a printed copy of the certificate has been requested, the certificate will be posted within one (1) week of registration.
Contact and get to know your local vet. They will be able to organise your pet to be microchipped and registered at the same time. Microchipping is performed by authorised implanters throughout Australia. Councils also offer microchip clinics - check your local council's website for information.
Contact the registry that is holding your pet's information and let them know your animal is missing. Check that your contact information is current. Call your local vet, local council and animal shelters. You may want to create a flyer and include a description and photo of your pet and distribute it within your local area.
Collars and tags can become lost, damaged or be removed. A microchip is a permanent implant that will remain in the animal its entire life. A scan of your pet will reveal the microchip number which can be matched to a database where all your details will be displayed so you can be quickly contacted.