Microchipping - Authorised Microchip Implanters
Microchipping gets your pet home quickly and is the only legal way to prove ownership of your animal. Until an animal is microchipped it has no legal owner ....so make sure your pet is microchipped and lifetime registered.
The NSW Companion Animal Act 1998 states that all cats and kittens, dogs and puppies must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age, or when sold or given away (whichever occurs first). The pet then must be Lifetime Registered before the animal is 6 months old. More information is available from the Department of Local Government website http://www.dlg.nsw.gov.au
The process involves using a specially designed needle to implant a microchip (the size of a grain of rice) under the skin of the pet. While every effort is made to reduce the stress of the procedure to the pet, it is an uncomfortable procedure for the animal to undergo. There may be some bleeding (minimal) and the neck area may be sore afterwards.
Each microchip contains an individual number, this number is recorded in the NSW Companion Animal Database with the animals details and the contact details for the owner. When the pet is scanned with a microchip scanner, the number is read and the authorised person can access the database and find the owners details.