Dog microchipping is mandatory in South Australia. All dogs must be microchipped with the microchip number recorded in Dogs and Cats Online (DACO).
When to microchip my dog
Depending on if you're an owner or breeder, puppies must be microchipped:
- before it is sold, or;
- before it reaches 12 weeks of age, or;
- within 28 days of an owner taking possession of the dog or cat, or;
- if a veterinarian has granted an extension of time, before the extension of time has expired.
Benefits of microchipping
Although mandatory in South Australia, there is a huge benefit of microchipping your dog. Should your dog become lost, its microchip will help identify you as the owner so you can be reunited. Find out more on DACO about the benefits of microchipping your dog.