THIS Easter the Shire of Mundaring is reminding animal owners to store chocolate safely out of their pets' reach.
While chocolate is a tasty treat for people, it is highly dangerous when ingested by dogs and cats and can cause serious illness.
Instead of chocolate, the Shire encourages pet owners to gift their four-legged friends a microchip this Easter.
Shire President David Lavell said that under the Dog Act 1976 and Cat Act 2011, the owner of a dog that has reached three months of age or cat that has reached six months of age must ensure that the dog or cat is microchipped.
"It is a legal requirement to have your dog and cat microchipped, and with Easter holidays just around the corner, it is the perfect time for owners to arrange this essential and very useful service for their pets," Cr Lavell said.
"Microchips make it easier for rangers and vets to reunite lost or impounded dogs and cats with their owners."
Microchips can be implanted by a veterinarian (vet), vet nurse or a person with the relevant qualifications from a registered training provider.
Residents are encouraged to contact their local vet to make an appointment.
For more information about microchipping please visit the Shire's website www.mundaring.wa.gov.au or contact the Shire's Community Safety Service on 9290 6629.
A person who fails to ensure their dog or cat is microchipped is liable for a fine of up to $5000.