Microchipping & Registration


It is highly recommended that you microchip your pet. Microchips provide a permanent form of identification for your pet that cannot be changed or removed. This identification lasts for the life of your pet. In Victoria, microchipping is compulsory for cats and dogs. If your pet has been stolen and then later recovered, ownership of your pet can be challenged. Microchipping is the only way you can prove ownership of your pet.

Most pets will have been microchipped by the breeder. However, if they haven’t, microchipping can be done in a consultation with your vet. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is implanted through a needle, as an injection, beneath the skin between the shoulder blades. This can be done safely without anaesthetic.

At Vets on Balwyn, your pet’s microchip will be listed with the Australasian Animal Registry. It is your responsibility to notify the Registry to update your contact details. You can find the contact details of the Australasian Animal Registry and other microchip registers below. If you are not sure who your pet is registered with, you can find out through Pet Address.

Australasian Animal Registry – 02 9704 1450 or 1800 025 461

Central Animal Records – 1800 333 202

Petsafe – 02 8850 6800



Council registrations are in addition to microchipping. Once microchipped, you can register your pet with your council. This can usually be done online. Council registration is mandatory for all cats and dogs over three months of age.

For more information, see:

– City of Boroondara


– City of Manningham


Pet Care

  • Registering your cat or dog helps in ensuring they can be located quickly if they ever go missing. When your pet reaches 12 weeks old, they must be registered. This process involves a microchip being implanted into your pet, as well as a tag that is sent to you after registration, to be put onto …
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  • In December, our Bulleen vet sees a lot of patients with tummy upsets which can often be traced back to too many rich festive foods. Ideally, pets should not ever be fed processed foods as their stomachs have not evolved to digest them and so eating them often leads to diarrhoea and/or vomiting.   However, there …
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