It is not compulsory to microchip cats and dogs that were born before 1 July 2010, only those born or transferred (either sold or given away) on or after 1 July 2010.
However, Council would recommend all pet owners have their cats and dogs microchipped.
Pets may go missing by accident (eg if gates or doors are left open) or they may escape through boredom, fear or in search of a mate. Attractive and valuable pets may also be stolen.
If your dog or cat has been microchipped it will ensure a speedy return of your pet should it become lost, injured, impounded or involved in an incident.
Microchipping is a simple procedure in which a Vet implants the microchip under the skin of the cat or dog. The microchip is approximately the size of a grain of rice and does not cause any harmful effects to the animal.
When to microchip
From 1 July 2010, microchipping is mandatory for:
- All cats and dogs born on or after 1 July 2010 and before they reach 12 weeks of age (animals should be older than 8 weeks of age);
- Cats and dogs that have changed ownership (ie the animal has either been sold or given away); and
- Declared regulated dogs (ie declared dangerous or menacing).
Further information on microchipping can be accessed on the Department of Infrastructure and Planning website http://www.dip.qld.gov.au/local-government/pet-owners.html