Microchipping and desexing

You must microchip your pet

You must make sure your pet is microchipped before you can register it. Microchipping and registering are two different things that together improve the likelihood of us returning your lost pet to you.

Visit the Agriculture Victoria website for more information about microchipping.

You must desex your cat

You must desex your cat before you can register it. Your local vet can give you further guidance on desexing your cat or kitten. You can also visit the Agriculture Victoria website for more information about cat desexing.

Exemptions

Your cat may be exempt from desexing if you have written proof that:

  • The cat is over 10 years old. 
  • The cat is used for breeding in a registered breeding establishment.
  • You're a member of an eligible organisation and the cat is registered with that organisation.
  • A qualified vet recommends that desexing the cat would be harmful to its health.

We recommend you desex your dog

We recommend you desex your dog before you register it. You'll receive a discount on your registration fee if your dog is desexed. Your local vet can give you further guidance on desexing your dog or puppy. You can also visit the Agriculture Victoria website for more information about dog desexing.

Exemptions

You are exempt from desexing if you have written proof that:

  • The dog is over 10 years old.
  • The dog is a dangerous dog kept to guard a non-residential premises.
  • The dog is used for breeding in a registered breeding establishment.
  • You're a member of an eligible organisation and the dog is registered with that organisation.
  • A qualified vet recommends that desexing the dog would be harmful to its health.

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