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Microchipping for Pets

Microchipping gives your pet permanent identification, which increases their chances of making it back home to you. It can be difficult to think about your pet getting lost but it’s important to have a plan in place in case they do. If possible, try to have your pet microchipped while they are still puppies or kittens.

Does a microchip work like a GPS?

Unlike a GPS, a microchip cannot track your pet’s exact location. A microchip does transmit a radio-frequency signal that’s detectable with the help of a handheld scanner. This permanent form of identification is connected to your pet’s personal information (like their name and your contact information), through a pet recovery database. It’s important to keep any contact information you provide when your pet is microchipped up-to-date.

How is the microchip implanted?

We use a small needle to insert the rice grain-sized chip under your pet’s skin, typically near their neck. We can implant it while your pet is awake but sometimes do it along with another procedure, like spay or neuter, when your pet is under general anesthesia. It’s a painless procedure that is over in a few moments. Your pet will only need to have one microchip implanted in their lifetime because the chip doesn’t run on an internal battery. If you’re interested in having your pet microchipped, contact us at 416.941.8920.

What happens if my pet gets lost after getting microchipped?

If your pet is recovered and brought to a veterinary office, shelter or humane society, they will:

  • Use a handheld device to check your pet for a microchip
  • When the microchipped is detected, they’ll see its serial number
  • Once entered into a pet recovery database, they will obtain your contact information
  • You’ll be contacted about your lost pet
  • You and your furry family member will be reunited!

  • Last updated: January 19, 2022.

    Due to the shortage of staff at the clinic this week, we have special operating hours.

    Wednesday, Jan 19 – 1:30 pm until 4:30 pm
    Thursday, Jan 20 – 8:30 until 2:30 pm
    Friday, Jan 21 – 8:00 am at 4:00 pm

    1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

    2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • We are operating under a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • We require a 24 hr cancellation notice for appointments during this time. A cancellation fee will be applied otherwise.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home).
  • Parking is available in our parking lot (behind the clinic) as well as on the street.
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS

    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Bay Cat & Dog Hospital