SHIRE of Mundaring is reminding animal owners to store chocolate safely out of their pets' reach this Easter.
While chocolate is a tasty treat for people, it is highly dangerous when ingested by dogs and cats and can cause serious illness.
Pet owners looking for a gift for their furry friends are encouraged to get them microchipped this Easter instead.
Shire President John Daw 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 for dogs and cats to be microchipped and the Easter holidays are a great time for owners to organise this essential service for their pets," said Cr Daw.
"Microchips make it easier for rangers and vets to reunite lost or impounded dogs, cats and other animals with their owners."
Microchips can be implanted by a veterinarian (vet), vet nurse or a person who is qualified by 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 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.