As of the 1st July 2018 microchipping will be compulsory for all dogs AND cats before they reach 12 weeks of age or within 28 days after the owner first takes possession of the dog/cat, whichever is the later. A dog or cat must also be microchipped before it is sold.
De-sexing will be compulsory for all new generations of dogs AND cats (born after 1 July 2018) before the dog/cat is 6 months of age or within 28 days after the owner first takes possession of the dog/cat, whichever is the later. Exemptions may apply in certain situations and should be discussed with Council.
Port Adelaide Enfield Desexing and Microchipping Vouchers
The council offers desexing vouchers to the value of $80 and Microchipping Vouchers to the value of $20 for redemption at our Veterinary Clinic.
Just download and submit this form: Desexing/microchipping vouchers
Surgical desexing or neutering involves removing part of the reproductive system of dogs and cats so that they can't have puppies or kittens. In females it is known as a spey and in males it is referred to as castration.
Why do we recommend desexing?
Desexing ultimately prevents unwanted pregnancies in female cats and dogs. It helps stop unwanted attention from males and reduces the wandering instinct.
There are also medical reasons for desexing. It greatly reduces the risk of cancers in both males and females and other life threatening conditions such as pyometra.
We can give you more information about the appropriate time to desex your pet and discuss how to prepare your pet for the surgery.
What is Microchipping?
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s skin. It can be done during a normal consultation. The microchip is embedded with a code unique to your pet and is the most effective form of permanent identification. This code is placed onto a national computer database, so it is particularly useful in the return of lost pets. They can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute.
If a pet is ever lost and is handed in at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter a microchip scanner is passed over the animal to reveal the unique code. The vet or animal shelter can then refer to the database to identify the name, address and phone number of the owner, so they can be reunited.
If your pet is not microchipped please give us a call to make an appointment to have one inserted. If you find a lost pet please call us to arrange a scan; we can reunite microchipped pets with their worried owners.