Microchipping and desexing your pet

Getting your pet microchipped and desexed is part of being a responsible pet owner.

Microchipping

Microchipping is compulsory in Victoria, with all cats and dogs over the age of 3 months required to be microchipped prior to being registered.

Why do I need to microchip my pet?

Microchipping is a one-off process to ensure your details are on a central pet ownership directory managed by the Victorian Government. If your animal gets lost, the chip can be electronically scanned and your animal returned to you.

What is microchipping?

Microchipping is when a tiny microchip is implanted under the scruff of an animal’s neck and its unique number is recorded alongside the owner’s details on a central register. Microchipping does not mean you have automatically registered your pet.

What is the cost of microchipping?

The Lost Dogs’ Home performs microchipping for $42. This service is provided 7 days per week or you can contact your local vet.

Desexing

Desexing not only reduces the population of stray, unwanted animals, but it also helps pets live longer and healthier lives.

Desexing of cats

If you own a cat, you must have your cat desexed.

You need to have your cat desexed before it can be registered for the first time at 3 months of age.

If you cat has not been desexed and is already registered with us you will need to have your cat desexed prior to renewing their pet registration.

When not to desex your cat

If your vet has advised against desexing your cat for health reasons or if your cat is being kept for recognised breeding purposes you will need to provide us with a letter from your vet or a copy of your cat’s breeding certificate.

What is a desexing voucher?

If you have a Pensioner Concession Card or a Health Care Card you can get 33% discount voucher to have your pet desexed. The voucher can be used at your local vet or the Lost Dogs’ Home. A current vaccination certificate for the cat/dog must be shown to the vet at or before the time of surgery.

How do I get a desexing voucher?

To obtain a desexing voucher follow these steps:

Step 1: Download and print the desexing voucher.

Step 2: You must come into a Yarra City Council contact centre to have the voucher signed by one of our staff. Alternatively, we can print off the voucher for you at reception when you come in. You must show your Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card to the reception staff in order to have the voucher signed.

Step 3: Once it has been validated you can take the voucher to your vet or the Lost Dogs’ Home to get the reduced rate on desexing services.

For more information call Yarra City Council on 9205 5555 or email info@yarracity.vic.gov.au.