Desexing and Microchipping

Desexing your pet

In Stonnington, all cats are required by law to be desexed. Exemptions will only be made for cats for registered breeding purposes or due to veterinary advice.


Desexing dogs is not compulsory, but is highly recommended if they are not intended for breeding purposes.

Some of the benefits associated with desexing cats and dogs include:

  • helping to reduce overpopulation and unwanted litters
  • behavioural improvements (less aggressive, easier to control, less likely to wander or fight, less antisocial and less territorial)
  • health benefits (reduced risk of your pet getting cancer or other diseases)
  • discounted pet registration fees.

Desexing Voucher Scheme

The Desexing Voucher Scheme offers a reduction in the cost of desexing cats and dog for residents who hold any of the following concession cards:

  • Pension Concession Card
  • Health Care Card
  • Low Income Health Care Card
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

Desexing vouchers are available from our Service Centres at Prahran Town Hall and Malvern Town Hall. Proof of concession is required. If your pet is more than three months of age, evidence of pet registration is also required.

For more information on the Desexing Voucher Scheme, please refer to the following information:

Desexing Voucher Scheme Information Brochure(PDF, 1MB)  

Desexing Voucher Scheme Fees(PDF, 597KB)

Microchipping your pet

By law, all cats and dogs that are three months of age must be microchipped.

A microchip is a small chip, about the size of a grain of rice, which is implanted under your pet’s skin and can be used to identify it if it strays and becomes lost.

Your pet’s microchip number will be stored in a database with your name, address and contact information. It is important to keep this information up-to-date, so that you are contactable if your pet is found.

To microchip your pet, you will need to visit your local vet clinic.

For more information on microchipping, please refer to the following information sheet:

Microchipping Your Pet(PDF, 227KB)

Vets in Stonnington

Prahran Vet Hospital
682 Malvern Road, Prahran
Phone:  9510 1335

Glen Iris Vet Hospital
1331 High Street, Malvern
Phone:  9822 4952

Malvern Central Vet
90 Wattletree Road, Malvern
Phone: 9509 9744

Malvern Vet Hospital
547 Dandenong Road, Armadale
Phone:  9509 7611

East Malvern Vet
Phone:  9572 3184
266 Waverley Road, Malvern East

Toorak Village Vet
412A Toorak Rd, Toorak
Phone: 9827 7500

Pet Emergency and Specialist Centre
1103 Dandenong Road, Malvern East
Phone:  9569 3677

The Cat Clinic
1 Miller Street, Prahran
Phone: 9533 8955