A microchip implant is a permanent means of identification via a barcode that can be scanned. This helps lost pets to be quickly returned to their owners if they are brought to the pound or the vets.
What is the procedure for microchipping?
Microchipping is a minor procedure similar to a regular injection, but containing a tiny implant (the size of a grain of rice). It is not a tracking device. If your pet is not currently microchipped, please organise an appointment with us. You will not be charged a consultation fee in addition to the microchip implant.
This procedure is usually already done before you purchase your puppy or kitten. It is important that a change of ownership form is filled out at the time of acquiring your pet so that the details are correct.
Is microchipping compulsory?
Microchipping is compulsory under the NSW Companion Animal Act for all dogs and cats born after July 1999. There are heavy fines for animals that present at the pound that are not microchipped and/or registered.
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What about registration with the council?
Pets need to be registered at 6 months of age with your local council. Lifetime registration of your pet is a separate procedure to microchipping. If your pet is desexed, the registration fee is lower. Desexing can also be carried out at 6 months of age. Contact your local council for registration procedure. Some councils have online registration of pets.
Should my pet still wear a collar and name tag?
We recommend that pets have a a collar and tag with your address and phone number as well as the phone number of Gordon Vet Hospital. Pet name tags can be ordered through us.