All dogs and cats in NSW must be microchipped prior to 12 weeks of age or prior to change of ownership – whichever occurs first.
Since this was implemented, microchips have helped reunite thousands of lost pets and their owners.
We can microchip your pet for you in clinic if your pet does not yet have one, or we can scan an existing microchip if you have misplaced your pet’s microchip number.
We highly advise that you update your pet’s microchip details if your address or phone number changes, as this information is essential to return your pet if they ever go missing. For pets registered in NSW, please visit the NSW Pet Registry to view and update your details.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s skin. It can be done during any normal consultation. The microchip is embedded with a code unique to your pet and is the most effective form of permanent identification. This code is placed onto a state-wide (if within NSW) or national (if outside NSW) computer database, so it is particularly useful in the return of lost pets. They can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute.
If a pet is ever lost and handed in at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter, a microchip scanner is passed over the animal to reveal the unique code. The vet or animal shelter can then refer to the database to identify the name, address and phone number of the owner, so they can be reunited.