A microchip can provide a lifetime of permanent identification if your dog or cat gets lost.

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!
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