an­i­mal magic

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Dr Anne Fawcett is a lec­turer in vet­eri­nary science at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney and a vet at Syd­ney An­i­mal Hos­pi­tals In­ner West. Read her blog: smal­l­an­i­maltalk.com Dr Anne Fawcett

MI­CROCHIP­PING and up-to-date regis­tra­tion de­tails are crit­i­cal fac­tors in en­sur­ing lost pets are re­united with their own­ers.

Pre­vi­ously it has been a has­sle for pet own­ers to up­date their de­tails, re­quir­ing a visit to the coun­cil or vet and sub­mis­sion of pa­per­work. That has changed.

Com­pan­ion an­i­mal own­ers can now log in to the NSW Pet Registry (pe­treg­istry.nsw.gov.au) to register a pet, up­date con­tact de­tails, re­port an an­i­mal miss­ing, trans­fer own­er­ship and pay life­time regis­tra­tion fees.

Re­mem­ber that all dogs and cats must be mi­crochipped be­fore the age of 12 weeks or prior to sale, whichever comes first. The mi­crochip num­ber is en­tered into the registry at the time the chip is im­planted. When you pur­chase or adopt an an­i­mal, the ven­dor en­ters your de­tails onto the registry.

If your pet is al­ready reg­is­tered, you don’t need to register again, but you will need to visit the NSW Pet Registry web­site, cre­ate a pro­file, and claim your pet us­ing the mi­crochip num­ber and tele­phone num­ber or email ad­dress at­tached to that chip.

All pets must be reg­is­tered by the age of six months and dis­counts ap­ply for de­sexed an­i­mals.

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