Have you registered your pet with council?

IF you haven't updated your pet's micro-chip details or registered your animals correctly with council, take this as a reminder to do so.

Pet Insurance Australia is urging all Australians to make sure all details are correct as many councils are cracking down on registration, Spokeswoman for PIA, Nadia Crighton, said.

"To ensure pet owners do not become the subject of hefty fines, registration is paramount," Mr Crighton said.

"If you are caught with an unregistered dog, owners could face fines up to $227 (in QLD)," Crighton says.  

PIA also reminds dog and cat loving citizens the power of a micro-chip.

"The fact is these great devices save many dogs and cats lives," Crighton says.

"They are the masters at reuniting many lost pets across Australia."

The comments come from the concern over a recent British story, which sent shockwaves through social-media, where a cat was unknowingly euthanized because it did not have a micro-chip.

The animal was brought into a veterinary hospital showing signs of renal failure.

As it was not micro-chipped or wearing a collar the staff made the decision to euthanize the animal.

"This was an absolute tragedy to the pet owners who were understandably devastated by the death of their beloved cat."

Micro-chipping for cats and dogs is mandatory in ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC and WA.

Micro-chipping for dogs only is compulsory in TAS.

In SA and NT, it is currently not mandatory for you cat or dog to be micro-chipped, however many animal protection agencies, and PIA encourage all pet owners to have their animals micro-chipped to prevent heart-ache.

"The device itself is tiny and painless for the animal," Crighton says. 

However, in Australia the main problem with micro-chips is human related.

"Your information must be kept up-to-date and accurate," Crighton says.

PIA is asking all Australians to make it a yearly habit of ensuring your pet's micro-chip and registration details are up-to-date.



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