WORDS BY CATHERINE HARPER
BAROSSA VETERINARY CLINIC
Pet advice with Catherine
Unless you have been snoozing under a rock, you would be aware that laws surrounding cat and dog ownership are changing in South Australia as of July 1, 2018.
These changes affect everyone who owns a dog or cat and can be a little confusing, so let’s try and clear a few things up.
All dogs and cats of any age and including working dogs must be microchipped by July 1st. The SA government has been supporting pet owners to make this easier through their ChipBlitz initiative and Barossa Vet Service has also been offering discount days. Details of these can be found at ChipBlitz.com or below.
All dogs and cats born after July 1, 2018 must be desexed by six months of age. Exemptions can be gained for working dogs or breeding dogs, but the rule is designed to reduce unwanted dogs in shelters and promote responsible ownership.
A new dog registration system called DACO will be used to register dogs across South Australia. This is online and will require you as owner to keep details updated and correct.
Dog and Cat breeders all must be registered with Dog and Cat Management Board and adhere to a new set of industry standards around welfare and sale of animals as pets.
If you are unsure about any of these details, please go to dogandcatboard.com.au or give the clinic a call and one of our friendly staff will be able to assist with the answer.
Remaining $29 discount opportunities in the Barossa are:
Thursday, June 14, 21 and 28 from 1-5 p.m. Please call 8566 2301 for an appointment.
Saturday, June 23 from 8.30am – 12 Noon and Tuesday, July 10 and 17 from 10am – 3pm. Please call 8562 1162 for an appointment.
If you are unsure whether your pet is microchipped or if you are unsure if the details are up to date Barossa Vet Service is proud to offer a free microchip check for all your pets.
No appointment required. Just drop into the clinic and the friendly staff will be happy to help.