Dog and cat laws now require all dogs to be microchipped. This includes older dogs and cats.
During the public consultation period, a range of industry stakeholders from the veterinary industry and animal welfare agencies were consulted, and based on advice, the new microchipping laws apply to all dogs and cats of all ages. Evidence provided from pounds and shelters showed that a large number of older dogs and cats escape and become lost. No-one expects it to happen to their pet, however, without a microchip, the owners of many elderly animals can’t be located.
Microchipping is a simple procedure that can occur at any age.
If you have any concerns in relation to your specific animal, please contact your vet to discuss.
Registered veterinary surgeons can exempt a dog or cat from microchipping (or desexing) if satisfied the procedure would:
Penalties may apply to a registered veterinary surgeon who exempts a dog or cat outside of these parameters.
Exemptions can be recorded directly into Dogs and Cats Online in the animal’s record from 1 July 2018.
See our May 2018 Media Release which addresses microchipping older animals.