Ingleburn Veterinary Hospital
Unit 4, 2 Noonan Road
- 02 9829 1947
A microchip is a small electronic device placed under the skin for identification purposes.
• It has major advantages over other forms of identification. Unlike a tag or collar, it can't be removed, can't fade and can't be lost.
• All pounds and vets have microchip scanners, so any stray or injured animal can be quickly identified, its owner contacted, and any necessary treatment can be started without delay.
• The microchip is quickly and simply implanted with a needle. Sedation or anaesthesia is not required.
• The chip is only about the size of a grain of rice, and is encased in a glass polymer so it causes absolutely no irritation. The chip is designed to prevent it from moving from the site where it was implanted.
• The only information on the chip is a number. This number is recorded on a central computer registry, along with all details about the pet and its owner.
• Microchips are for identification only. They are not tracking devices.
• Registration for dogs & cats is a 2-step process:
• The Companion Animals Act is NSW state law, and came into effect on 1st July 1999.
• Councils store the microchip number and pet owner details on a computer data base called the Companion Animal Register (C.A.R)
• ALL DOGS & CATS must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age, and lifetime registered by 6 months of age for dogs and 4 months of age for cats. Pups to be sold or given away before 12 weeks of age must be microchipped prior to sale.
• ALL DOGS must wear a collar and identification tag.
• Any CAT born, sold or given away after 1st July 1999 must be microchipped and lifetime registered immediately.
• Any CAT that you owned prior to 1st July 1999 must either be microchipped OR wear a collar and identification tag. You do not have to register cats that you owned prior to 1st July 1999.
• Registration fees are a one off payment for the life of your pet.
• Lifetime registration fees (to be paid to the council) are $195 but this is reduced to $53 if the pet is desexed, or owned by a registered breeder. Pensioners pay only $22, providing the pet is desexed.
• If you are not intending to breed your pet, then we strongly recommend desexing. And if you desex your dog before registration, it will save you money. For more information visit our desexing pages.
Your pets are required by law, when in a public place, to have a collar around their neck with a tag attached that shows the pet's name and the address or phone number of the pet's owner.
We can provide high-quality, machine-engraved Pet Tags in solid brass, coloured plastic or stainless steel.
As well as the local government C.A.R, the A.A.R is a private database that provides a 24-hour service, allowing both vets and pounds to identify the owner of any microchipped animal, including injured stray pets. There is a small additional fee to have your pet added to the AAR database.
Entry on the A.A.R database is not compulsory for council registration, but we think it's important. Any vet in Australia (not just NSW) can find out a stray animal's name and owners details if it is on the A.A.R database.