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Pet Identification Guide

In our veterinary practice we are continually faced with the problem of trying to track down the owners of stray pets. These animals are brought in to us because they have strayed, or they may have been injured in a motor vehicle accident or in an attack from another animal.

Cats in particular often do not wear collars and physical descriptions relying on cat colour types can often be confusing. In the case of dogs who wear collars, the collar may have been removed or the engraving on a tag can become worn and illegible.

For dogs wearing a current Council tag, identification of the owner is easier, but our local Councils are only available during business hours Monday to Friday to allow us to contact pet owners.

Because none of the above methods is permanent we strongly recommend the implantation of a microchip under the skin of your pet which allows for an individual and permanent identification system that stays readable for the life span of your pet.

The fee for microchipping includes lifetime registration, so if your address changes the central registry can be notified and your pet will continue to be covered.

Your pet can be chipped at any time but most owners find it convenient at the time of the pet’s annual vaccination or desexing. The microchip itself is only about the size of a rice grain. Implantation is an easy procedure, and there are no long-term side-effects.

Under the NSW Companion Animals Act as of the 1st July 1999 microchipping identification of new dogs and cats from 12 weeks of age, or when sold or ownership transferred, whichever is sooner, is mandatory. Also the new one-off lifetime Council dog registration system requires that dogs must be microchipped prior to registration (in order to allow time for dog owners to adjust to the new registration system, annual registrations will be continued for 3 years).

If you would like to see a demonstration of a microchip and the scanner used to detect its presence, please call in at our surgery, our reception staff are always pleased to show off this new bit of technology.

Identification of your pet as defined by the Companion Animal Act

After the 1st July 1999:

We must permanently identify and register any puppy or new dog. We have three years to transfer older dogs from annual registration to the new lifetime system.

  • All new cats or kittens must be permanently identified and lifetime registered.
  • All cat owners must identify their cat either by collar and tag or by microchip.
  • Are your Pets Microchip

Details up to Date?

Microchips are only effective if you keep your address & contact details up to date.

If you think your or your secondary contact persons details may have changed please contact the following registries-

AAR Australian Animal Registry
Locked Bag 4317
Sydney Olympic Park 2127
N.S.W. Companion Animal Registry

Petsafe – 1800 989 989
Petfind – 1300 137 387

Contact your Local Council
Ryde Council – 9952 8222
Hunters Hill Council – 9879 9400