Dog Owners: in NSW all pet dogs must be microchipped then registered for life at 6 months of age. Puppies must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or before change of ownership. In addition all dogs must wear a suitable collar with an identification tag with the animal's name and the owner's contact details.
Cat owners: cats owned prior to the 1st July 1999 do not have to be registered for life but must be identified by a collar, tag or microchip. Kittens born after the 1st July 1999 must be registered for life. We recommend microchipping rather than the use of a collar or tag. Microchips provide the safest and most assured way of providing identification for any animal.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. It can be done during a normal consultation, as a separate procedure, or while your pet is under anaesthetic for some sort of surgical procedure.
The microchip is embedded with a code unique to your pet and is the most effective form of permanent identification. This code is placed onto the NSW Companion Animals Register at the time your pet is registered with the local council.
If a pet is ever lost and is handed in at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter or pound, a microchip scanner is passed over the animal to reveal the unique code. The veterinary clinic, animal shelter or pound can then refer to the relevant database to identify the name of the pet and the name address and phone number of the owner so they can be reunited.
In addition we can place your pets' microchip details onto the Australasian Animal Registry run by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. This data base had a broader national registration with connections to other registration data bases in other States and Territories and offers you, the pet owner, further security and peace of mind if your animals go missing while travelling interstate. To contact the Australasian Animal Registry: http://www.aar.org.au/contact.html
You can, if you wish, microchip your pet ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, reptiles, horses - in fact any pet. Since microchipping is not compulsory for other pets if you wish to microchip them for added security, we will arrange for them to have their identification information placed onto the Australasian Animal Registry.
If your pet is not microchipped please give us a call to make an appointment to have one inserted. If you find a lost pet please call us to arrange a scan, we can reunite microchipped pets with their worried owners.