What is a Microchip?

A microchip is a permanent electronic method of identification. The chip itself is very small and approximately the size of a grain of rice. This very small device is implanted by injection subcutaneously (Just underneath the skin) between the shoulder blades. Each Microchip has a unique number that can be detected by a scanner.

All of our veterinarians at WellPet are licensed to implant microchips. We also have a number of qualified nurse microchip identifiers who are also qualified to implant microchips.

Why do I need to Microchip my pet?

If your pet ever gets lost, your pets unique microchip number will allow us to contact you and get your pet home to you as quickly as possible.

Microchipping is a legal requirement for all Cats and Dogs in NSW as per the Companion Animals Act 1998.

When do I need to microchip my pet?

All Cats and Dogs must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age

then be lifetime registered with your local council by the age of 6months.

All cats and dogs must be microchipped before they are rehomed to a new owner.

Nb. Registration for your pet is cheaper if they are desexed first.

What do I need to do if I move?

Remember to update the Companion Animal Register whenever your details change.

You can do this by either downloading from your council website, or picking up from your vet, a change of details form, filling it out and sending it in to your local council, or by going into your local council chambers in person to change your details at the desk.

Where can i get more information?

For information about what to do next after your pet is microchipped, or how to manage your pets microchip records and legislation for microchipping in your area please contact our friendly staff. We will guide you in the right direction to get you the answers you need.

Useful links for more information on microchipping and microchipping legislation

For more information on council microchipping legislation and council laws for the Penrith Area or Blue Mountains areas go to:

Penrith Council:


Blue Mountains Council: