What is micro-chipping?
Micro-chipping is a one-time procedure. It is a separate process from dog registration. You must register your dog every year, but you only need to microchip your dog once.
A microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is implanted under the skin behind the dog's neck.
Vets can perform the procedure and advise you of any risks.
Cost of micro-chipping
Vets' charges vary for this procedure.
The cost may be lower if the procedure is done at the same time as vaccination or de-sexing.
Why you need to micro-chip your dog
New puppies and dogs have to be micro-chipped within two months of first registration.
A 15-digit unique number assigned to the microchip helps identify your dog through our registration records and the National Dog Database. The micro-chip number will retrieve your contact details.
Under the Dog Control Act 1996, the following dogs must be micro-chipped:
- Dogs registered for the first time
- Dogs classified as menacing or dangerous
- Unregistered dogs impounded after 1 July 2006
- Registered dogs impounded twice 1 July 2006
- Imported dogs with microchip that does not comply with New Zealand standards.
Dogs used mainly for herding or driving stock do not have to be micro-chipped, unless the dog:
- has been classified as menacing or dangerous, or
- has been impounded when unregistered, or
- has been impounded twice after 1 July 2006.
If your dog cannot be micro-chipped, you must provide a document from a registered veterinarian stating that it is not fit for micro-chipping by the required date.
Post it to:
Private Bag 92300
Why we want you to micro-chip your dog
Micro-chipping helps us:
- identify dogs that are roaming or lost
- reunite dogs with their owners
- keep track of dangerous or menacing dogs.
If you don't micro-chip your dog
- It will be difficult for you to find your dog if it goes missing.
- You are committing an infringement offence and may get a fine of $300 - see Schedule 1 of the Dog Control Act 1996.
- The court may impose a fine of up to $3000 if there is a court hearing for the fine.
Let us know your dog's micro-chip number
You have two months, from when you register your dog for the first time, to provide us with your dog's micro-chip number. Your vet will give you several copies of this.
Update your dog's details (including micro-chipping and de-sexing) and send us a vet certificate with a microchip barcode.
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