Microchipping is a legal requirement in Australia. It is also irresponsible to forgo microchipping your dog.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a small implant about the size of a grain of rice. It is implanted under the skin in the back of the neck in dogs and cats, or into the neck in horses. Each microchip has a unique number that corresponds to it- when the microchip is scanned, it is this number that shows up. This number is linked to the owner’s information on a register.
Why should I microchip and register my pet?
In NSW it is a legal requirement to microchip and register all dogs and cats. Pets must be registered with the NSW Companion Animal Register, however they can be on other registers as well (eg. the Australian Animal Register).
If your pet goes missing and is taken to a vet clinic or the pound, the microchip will be scanned and your details found on the register. This means your lost pet can be helped home!!!
When is the microchip implanted?
The microchip is meant to be implanted before the puppy or kitten is sold. If your puppy or kitten has not been microchipped you should get it done as soon as possible, as you never know when they may escape and get lost. Legally, pets should be microchipped and registered by the time they are 6 months old. If your pet is older than this, though, it should still be microchipped.
How is the microchip implanted?
The microchip comes loaded into a needle with an implanting device. A veterinarian or authorised person may implant the microchip. Paperwork must be filled out at the time of microchipping.
What happens after the microchip is implanted?
There are 3 copies of the paperwork. The owners keep one copy (pink), the vet clinic keeps one copy (white) and the other copy (yellow) is sent to the Council. Once the Council receives the paperwork they will send you a letter asking you to pay a one-off fee for lifetime registration. The cost of the registration is dramatically less if the pet is desexed – you will need to take your desexing certificate to the Council when you go to pay the registration. It is critical to register your pet – otherwise the microchip is just a number with none of your information linked to it!
What are the microchipping costs?
The cost of implanting the microchip is $50.80, however we are currently offering 15% off microchipping making the cost $44.40. The registration fees vary between councils and may be discounted for pensioners – check with your council for the cost in your area. A lifetime registration for a desexed animal is around $40, and for undesexed animals it is around $160.
I have a litter of puppies/kittens- what do I need to do?
You must get the entire litter microchipped before the animals go to their new homes. On the day of microchipping you will need to sign the paperwork that will put the animals into your name. When you sell the animal, you will need to fill out a Change of Ownership form, which will need to be signed by the new owners and yourself. There are 3 copies of this form- you keep one copy, the new owners get one copy and the top yellow copy is sent to Council. We strongly recommend you personally send or drop off the paperwork to Council as some new owners forget. We will give you all the paperwork you need when you bring the litter in to the Clinic to be microchipped.
What do I do if I move or change phone numbers?
You must collect a Change of Owner/Details form from the Clinic, fill it out and send the top yellow copy to the Council. They will send you a confirmation letter once they have updated the register. There are no fees associated with updating the information on the register.
What do I do if I rehome my pet?
You need to collect a Change of Owner/Details form from the Clinic. Both the new owners and yourself must fill out the form and sign the paperwork. The new owners keep one copy, you keep one copy, and the top yellow copy gets sent to Council. There is no fees associated with updating the information on the register.