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Since 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);
What is microchipping
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.
Whilst it is not compulsory to microchip cats and dogs that were born before 1 July 2010, Council strongly recommends microchipping to ensure a speedy return of your pet should it become lost, injured, impounded or involved in an incident.
Pets may go missing by accident (eg if gates or doors are left open) or they may escape from boredom, fear or in search of a mate. Attractive and valuable pets may also be stolen.
Owners must remember to contact the Microchip Database (contact details of which are on the microchipping paperwork) to change details of ownership as well as contacting Council to make the required amendments to the registration details on the Animal Database.