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Microchipping

What is microchipping?

Microchipping is a permanent way to identify your dog. Unlike a collar and tag, a microchip can’t fall off. So if your puppy gets lost without its collar, this may be the only way to ensure its safe return to your home.

What is a microchip?

They are about the size of a grain of rice and contain a unique 15 digit identification number.

How is the microchip inserted?

It’s implanted via an injection under your puppy’s skin, between the shoulder blades.

Will microchipping hurt my dog?

Most dogs don’t seem to even feel it being injected. And they can’t feel it once it’s implanted.

Why does my dog need one?

It’s required by law in most states across Australia for all puppies and kittens to be microchipped before they turn 12 weeks old. You then have to register your puppy with your local council.

How do they work?

Your dog’s microchip contains a unique number. Details about you and your dog are entered into an animal registry database. State governments may have databases and there are also independent pet registry databases.

If your pet is lost and taken to a pound or veterinary clinic, they can wave a microchip scanner over your dog to detect the microchip to find and alert you.

What are the laws for microchipping pets in Australia?

Microchipping laws vary from state to state and, in some states, from one council area to another. Below is a summary of each state law. For further information, please contact your local vet or council.

NSW:

  • Dogs must be implanted with a microchip by 12 weeks of age, at point of sale or change of ownership (whichever occurs first)
  • Then dog owner must register pet with their local council by 6 months of age

VIC:

  • All dogs three months of age and over must be registered with the local council
  • Puppies must be microchipped prior to registration
  • Dogs that are sold or given away from pet shops, commercial breeders and pounds or shelters must be microchipped prior to going to their new home

QLD:

  • All local governments must introduce microchipping by Dec 2010
  • Puppies sold or given away in Queensland must be microchipped
  • Puppies must be microchipped before 12 weeks of age and registered with local council

ACT:

  • All dogs to be microchipped and registered by 12 weeks of age
  • A tag is issued when the dog is registered and this must be worn on the dog’s collar

SA:

  • Microchipping is not compulsory
  • All dogs over 3 months of age must be registered with the local council
  • A registration tag is issued at the time of registration and this must be worn by the dog.

WA:

  • Microchipping is not compulsory
  • All dogs over 3 months of age must be registered with the local council
  • A registration tag is issued at the time of registration and this must be worn by the dog

NT:

  • Microchipping and registration requirements vary from council to council