Microchipping for Pets
Microchipping is like permanent identification for your pet. Even if their tags or collars fall off but they’re microchipped, your pet will be identifiable if they ever get lost. It’s important to have a plan in place, in case your pet gets lost, help them make their way home. Having the procedure done sooner rather than later might give you some peace of mind.
When should I microchip my pet?
It’s helpful to have a microchip implanted when your pet is still a puppy or kitten. If not then, the sooner the better. They are often implanted at the same time as another procedure, like during spaying or neutering but can also be done on their own. Unfortunately, it’s impossible for us to predict when a pet might get lost. Putting measures in place, like a microchip, might allow your pet to be found and returned home. Lost pets sometimes go unclaimed in shelters when the staff are unable to identify them.
How does the procedure work?
A small chip the size of a rice grain is implanted under your pet’s skin (often near the neck), with the help of an injection. Depending on what works best for your pet, we might perform the procedure while they’re awake or under general anesthesia. It is quick and painless, usually over in a matter of moments. The microchip is registered with a recovery database, which includes important information about your pet and the best way to contact you. If there are any changes with your contact details, try your best to update us as soon as possible so the information in the database is accurate. If you’re interested in having your pet microchipped, please contact us at 902.865.6400.
How does this help my pet get home?
If your pet is lost and brought to a veterinarian, shelter or humane society, one of the first things we might do is use a handheld scanner to check for a microchip. The microchip transmits a radio frequency the scanner picks up. After identifying it, they can access your pet’s personal information through a pet recovery database. Unlike a GPS, it doesn’t give us real-time information about your pet’s location but it’s a great tool in helping identify them.