Microchipping and desexing

Microchipping

All cats and dogs need to be microchipped before you can register your pet with Council.

Please note: Microchipping your pet does not mean they are registered. These are separate things that you must do. 

Microchipping is a quick and painless procedure where a small computer chip is placed under your pet's skin. The microchip gives information about your pet and its owner. It can be scanned by an animal ranger, vet, or animal shelter if your pet is found missing and the information inside is used to reunite you with your pet.

Microchip details are also needed in cat/dog sale advertisements.

Visit the Agriculture Victoria website to learn more about microchipping.

Benefits

What are some of the benefits of microchipping?

  • It's a permanent form of identification for your pet.
  • Microchips can not be removed or fall off like a traditional collar and tag.
  • An inexpensive, one-time procedure can help protect your pet for life.
  • It can help reunite you with your pet from anywhere in Australia, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Tip: Make sure all tags and collars are labelled with contact details in case your pet is found by a neighbour. 

Microchip Providers

Microchip providers are available throughout Victoria and Australia. We recommend that you visit your local vet or search online for providers in your area. 

Updating your Microchip Information

If your pet needs a new microchip, you’ll also need to update their information. 

To make changes to your pet’s microchip details, you’ll need to:  

  • visit the nationwide Pet Address website 
  • contact Council to notify us.

 


Desexing

All cats and dogs are required to be desexed under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 (Vic). You will need to provide a copy of your desexing certificate when you register your animal with Council.  

Your animal is exempt from desexing only if you have written proof that: 

  • a vet has given written advice against desexing for health reasons 
  • the dog is dangerous and is kept for guarding non-residential premises 
  • the dog is dangerous and has undergone protection training 
  • the animal is used for breeding purpose in a registered breeding establishment (Frankston City does not currently have any registered breeding establishments).

To register your pet with out a desexing certificate, you will need to prove that you and your pet are registered members of an eligible organisation. You must have proof of your membership and a registered pedigree certificate for your animal.  

Eligible organisations

  • Feline Control Council of Victoria  
  • Dogs Victoria  
  • The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Association 
  • Australian National Cat Inc 
  • Greyhound Racing Victoria 
  • Master Dog Breeders and Associates (MDBA) 

Please Note: The 3 approved dog organisations that exempt dogs from desexing are Dogs Victoria, Greyhound Racing Victoria, Master Dog Breeders and Associates. 

Desexing voucher scheme

Eligible residents can receive a discount on their pet desexing fee through Council's desexing voucher scheme. 

To receive the voucher you must: 

  • live in Frankston City
  • register your pet with Council once it is desexed
  • make sure your vet operates within Frankston City (vets outside the area will need to be approved by Council). 

We recommend that you contact your local vet to find out if they participate. If you have questions about the scheme, please call 1300 322 322 or email info@frankston.vic.gov.au to talk to Council's Safer Communities.