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Why do I need to microchip my pet?

The Companion Animals Act was introduced by the NSW Government in 1998 to protect pets, their owners and the broader community. Under the Companion Animals Act, all owners of puppies and kittens must take two steps to provide lifetime protection for their pet. These are Microchipping and Registration.These two simple steps will help return your pet to you if it is lost, hurt or stolen. Once microchipped and registered, your pet is protected for life. 

When should my pet be microchipped?

Puppies and kittens must, by 12 weeks of age, be permanently identified through microchipping. All dogs must be microchipped and lifetime registered through Council. If your dog is not registered with Council, you must have it microchipped and lifetime registered.If your cat was born, sold or given away after July 1999, it must be microchipped and lifetime registered through Council. If you owned your cat before July 1999, you must identify your cat with a collar and tag or microchip.

What happens when the microchip is put in?

A microchip is the size of a grain of rice. Your pet will feel little pain as the chip is inserted quickly and safely between the shoulders. Inside the chip is a number which can be read by a scanner to identify your pet. The State-wide Register records all microchip numbers, linked to owners' details. This means you can be informed if your pet is found. Make sure you update your details with Council when you change address or phone numbers. Your privacy is strictly protected as only authorised people can access the Registry, which is not linked to any other database.

This page was last updated on: 15 October 2018