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All dogs over 6 months old must be microchipped (unless they are exempt – see below).
If you buy a dog make sure it has been microchipped or organise to get it microchipped as soon as possible.
Some groups of dogs are exempt and do not have to be microchipped.
If your dog is not microchipped and strays or is lost, the council may microchip it and ask you to pay for the microchipping before you can have your dog back.
A range of places can microchip your dog, including
A trained person will put the microchip just under the skin between the shoulder blades at the back of your dog’s neck. Microchips are put in the same place in each dog.
Microchipping may be as cheap as $20 if it is done at the same time as other treatments such as vaccinations or de-sexing. Microchipping on its own may cost between $40-$70.
If you live in Tasmania, you can register your dog with one of the animal registries below:
Central Animal Records
Global Micro Animal Registry
Australasian Animal Registry
The Office of Racing Integrity (Racing greyhounds only)
Let the animal registry know if:
Yes, the law says your dog has to be registered with your council and be microchipped.
The council registration disc that your dog wears on its collar and the microchip will both be used to help the council return your dog to you if your dog gets lost, strays or is impounded by a council ranger.
You can add a second disc with your contact details on your dog’s collar. This will help a person contact you if they find your dog, without needing to contact the council.
Microchips are great because they cannot fall off like a collar or discs on a collar.
If your dog is stolen, you should let the animal registry know. Its collar and discs can be easily removed. If your dog is seen by a vet, animal shelter or council after it has been stolen, they may notice that the details of the owner in the animal registry and the person with the dog are not the same. This may help them return your dog to you.
|Microchipping Dogs Information Sheet - Local Government Division 2010|
|Compulsory Microchipping of Dogs Brochure - Local Government Division July 2011|