Isn t microchipping only for dogs. However the requirement to microchip prior to sale transfer under section 12a only applies to domestic animal businesses.
If an owner fails to microchip their pet they will be given 21 days to do so after which they can face a fine.
How old do puppies need to be to get microchipped. If my pet is microchipped do they need a tag too. Microchipping is simple and the process to receive one is identical for all dogs regardless of their age. Dogs can be microchipped at any age but it s more comfortable for puppies if they re at least seven or eight weeks old before being chipped.
However if a cat is microchipped the return to owner rate is 20 times higher than if the cat was. Pet owners also need to understand that a microchip is only one part of your pet s identification system. In honor of national chip your pet month we spell out the details of microchipping and its importance.
What is a microchip. Get your dog microchipped you must make sure your dog is fitted with a microchip by the time it s 8 weeks old. With cats you want to use breakaway collars so they don t get caught when they re climbing.
You can be fined up to 500 if your dog is not microchipped. Section 10c of the domestic animals act 1994 requires cats and dogs to be microchipped as a condition of registration which is compulsory once the animal is 3 months of age. But how do dog microchips work.
A radio signal transmitted from a scanner is used to read this number through the skin of your pet. At 6 12 and 16 weeks old. A recent study showed that less than 2 of cats without microchips were returned home.
Your pet also should have a collar with tags on it. Both cats and dogs need to be microchipped. The core vaccines include the dhlpp distemper hepatitis leptospirosis parvo and.
The rules are different. These will include the core vaccines which are administered in a series of three. The computer memory in the microchip contains a unique 15 digit number no two dogs will ever get the same number.
Puppies must be microchipped and registered with a database by the time they are 8 weeks old. Call 334 279 0500 for details. Apart from the number the chip contains no other information.
Cats often do not wear collars and may not have any other form of id. Under the new microchipping law that came into effect on 6 april 2016 all dogs and puppies must be microchipped and registered by the age of eight weeks.