New legislation coming into effect from May 1, 2007

Some important changes to registration requirements for dogs and cats take place on May 1. New legislation coming into effect from May 1, 2007 will make it compulsory to microchip your cat or dog before registering it for the first time with your Council.

Individual Councils will also have power to require compulsory micro chipping of all dogs and cats currently registered. Pets must still be registered by 3 months of age.

Micro chipping is a great form of permanent identification. The small chip is injected under the skin at the back of the neck around the shoulder blade area. Microchips have an individual code number that can be read by a scanner. Pounds, shelters and veterinary clinics have microchip scanners that read these chips to allow quick and easy identification of your pet. If your pet is lost it can be reunited with you more quickly.

Micro chipping is quick and easy and can be organized at your veterinary clinic. Contact your veterinary clinic. Some council’s organise micro chipping days for their rate-payers. Contact your local council.