Are there any exceptions to microchipping your dog?
There are only two reasons why you shouldn’t microchip your dog:
- you have a working dog with a tail docked in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act (2006)
- your dog’s health would be compromised by microchipping
If your dog’s too unwell to be microchipped your vet can give an exemption certificate. You’ll need to have your dog microchipped once this expires unless another certificate is given.
If you’re a breeder and aren’t able to microchip a puppy for health reasons, you can still sell the dog at 8 weeks but it must be accompanied by the vet’s certificate of exemption.