Microchipping for Pets
Your pet’s safety is our top priority and we want to take all the preventive measures to ensure we can find them if they get lost. Microchipping is a safe and permanent option to help your pet make their way back home to you. Our goal is to provide a lifelong identification method for your furry family member so you will never have to consider what to do in the event they get lost.
My pet has a collar. Why do they need a microchip?
Collars and tags might seem like effective measures but on their own, they aren’t able to provide your pet with the permanent identification they need. They are easily removed, misplaced or can fall off. This quick and safe procedure allows us to help reunite you with your pet. Collars and tags are great additions to having your pet microchipped, but should not be their only form of ID.
How does my pet get implanted with the microchip?
Implanting a microchip is a relatively painless process. A needle places a small, rice-sized chip into your pet. It’s over almost as quickly as the needle enters your pet’s skin between their shoulder blades. Contact our hospital at 604.858.4415 to discuss the best time to get your pet microchipped.
Does the microchip transmit a GPS signal?
No, not quite. The microchip has special technology that is detected when a veterinary team or shelter uses a scanner. The scanner shows the microchip’s unique number, which can be traced to you via your contact information.
Are there other permanent identification besides microchipping?
Yes! Our veterinary team also offers tattooing for your pet. Tattoos include a series of numbers and letters that are registered to databases that provide your contact information if your pet is lost. Common areas for identification tattoos are the back legs and tummy. Please consult our veterinarians to decide which type of permanent identification is best for your pet.