Owners must microchip their dogs and cats by 12 weeks of age or at the point of sale. This includes dogs and cats that are more than 12 weeks of age on 1 July 2018.
Veterinarians may exempt an animal for medical reasons. Owners are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous discount microchipping days throughout the state. Visit www.chipblitz.com for upcoming dates, locations and to make a booking. Alternatively, contact your local vet.
Microchipping is the most effective form of permanent identification for your dog or cat.
Owners will have 24/7 access to Dogs and Cats Online and be able to easily update their details should they move, change phone number or their dog or cat becomes lost or deceased. There is no cost to keep or update a dog’s or cat’s microchip details on Dogs and Cats Online. Go to dogsandcatsonline.com.au from 1 July 2018.
Dogs and Cats Online will be the South Australia microchip registry for dogs and cats. Microchip implanters must enter the microchip details into the statewide database. Owners can complete the microchip registration on Dogs and Cats Online following implantation and continue to maintain the register should any of their details change.
Councils offer a registration rebate for ‘standard dogs’, which is a dog that is both microchipped and desexed.
Some councils have cat by-laws and cat registration. Cat owners should check requirements with their local council.