The last thing a pet owner wants to think about is their pet getting lost. However, it’s important to plan for the possibility to ensure your pet can make their way back home to you. A microchip is a small device that transmits a radio frequency when using a handheld scanner, typically used at a shelter or veterinary office. The chip’s registration information helps bring your pet home.  

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Does my indoor pet need a microchip? 

Even indoor pets need to be microchipped since there’s no way to predict whether or not they will get lost at some point in their lifetime. Even the most careful pet owners can have pets who slip through a crack in a fence or break free from their leash. Pets who wear tags still need microchips since tags can fall off or the inscription can wear away over time. If you’re interested in booking the procedure for your pet, please contact us at 905-690-0040.

How are microchips implanted?

A microchip can be implanted during your pet’s routine visits. They don’t need a special appointment since the procedure only requires a needle and microchip. Your pet won’t need to be placed under general anesthesia or sedation since it’s a pain-free experience, similar to being vaccinated. The microchip only takes a few moments to be implanted, usually between their shoulder blades. After the procedure, we’ll periodically check on it to ensure it’s still in place. Each chip has an identification number that’s connected to a pet recovery system. Your contact information is securely stored in the database and only retrievable after the microchip is scanned. 

What are the benefits of my pet having one?

Microchips are good for your pet’s lifetime, which means no upkeep is required other than updating your contact information if necessary. Other benefits include:

  • It will never need replacing 
  • It’s a painless procedure
  • It’s not removable or easily tampered with 
  • It’s implantation doesn’t require surgery

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