In NSW, it is a legal requirement that dogs and cats are microchipped and registered. A microchip is an implant, about the size of a grain of rice, that is placed under the skin of your pet, usually when they are quite young.
Microchipping is the best way to identify your pet if they are ever lost. Vet clinics and pounds have microchip scanners, which can read your pet’s chip, and access your contact information that is attached to it. It is important that if any of your details, such as home address or contact numbers change after you get your puppy, that you update your details immediately with your local council.
Microchipping your pet
A microchip is a permanent method of identification which is inserted under the animal’s skin and is approximately the size of a grain of rice. It contains a number that when scanned can be used to identify the pet if it wanders or becomes lost. In NSW all dogs and cats must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age, at their point of sale or upon change of ownership, whichever occurs first.
Registering your pet
Registration is compulsory in NSW. There is a one off fee to cover lifetime registration in NSW. You will need to go to the website below to register your puppy or kitten.
Firstly, you must create an owner profile and enter the pets’ details. Once you have created an account you then pay the once-off registration fee. This fee varies in price depending on several variables – see table below for pricing (as of 1 July 2018). All cats in NSW need to be registered before they are 6 months old.
|Pensioner concession (desexed animal only)||$24*|
|Breeder (Recognised) concession||$57*|
|Pound/Shelter animal 50% discount (desexed)||$28.50|
|* To claim reduced fees, you must show your desexing certificate, pensioner card or breeder card when registering|
Once you have created an owner profile and entered your pet’s registration details you can ‘claim’ your pet to lock them to your profile. You can check if your kitten is already registered by searching their microchip number on the NSW Pet Registry website. If it is already registered, you must ensure the owner and contact details are up to date.
It is important that you update your pet’s registration details throughout its life, including any change in contact details or address, a change of ownership, or the death of the pet. In order to update these details, you must complete the relevant forms which we are happy to provide to you or can be found online at the Ku-ring-gai Council website.
Specialist Veterinary Services in Sydney
If you need to microchip your pet or have any other veterinary issues, speak to our friendly staff at 02-9416-1300 or book a consult online.