From 1 July 2018 there will be some important statewide changes happening with the way dogs and cats are managed.
Mandatory Microchipping – Owners must microchip their dogs and cats by 12 weeks of age, or at the point of sale. This includes dogs and cats that are more than 12 weeks of age on 1 July 2018. Veterinarians may exempt an animal for medical reasons. Owners are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous discount microchipping days throughout the state. Visit www.chipblitz.com for upcoming dates, locations and to make a booking. Alternatively, contact your local vet. Microchipping is the most effective form of permanent identification for your dog or cat.
Dogs and Cats Online – This new statewide dog and cat database is a one-stop online service for all annual registration payments as well as dog and cat microchipping, desexing and breeder details. Dogs and Cats Online will replace South Australia’s 68 council dog and cat registers with a single central online database. Registration renewal notices will be mailed to dog owners in July this year. Once dog owners receive their renewal notice, they can log on to Dogs and Cats Online and follow the prompts to self-manage their pets’ information. Owners will even be able to upload a picture of their dog or cat, which will be helpful if their pet becomes lost. Dog registration is mandatory in South Australia. If you own a dog older than three months, then you have 14 days to register the dog. In South Australia dogs are required to have a collar around the neck with their registration disc securely attached, when not at home.
Desexing - All dogs and cats born after the 1 July 2018 must be desexed by a registered veterinary surgeon. There are exemptions for desexing prescribed in the Act and in the Regulations which can be found on the Dog and Cat Management Board website.
Breeders - There are new laws regulating the breeding and sale of dogs and cats. These changes are designed to weed out unscrupulous breeders from the industry.