Microchipping is a permanent form of pet identification, which involves implanting a rice-grain-sized chip to help recover them if they ever get lost. Though no one plans to lose a pet, we can find ways to support you if it happens. To learn more about microchipping, please contact us at (416) 231-9293.
Where are microchips implanted?
Microchipping involves placing a small electronic chip the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is injected via a needle just under the skin at the back of the neck and shoulder blade area. The procedure is non-invasive, which means it doesn't require surgery or general anesthesia. Microchipping has become a very popular and safe way to permanently identify your pet in the unfortunate event they are lost.
How does it help my pet if they get lost?
If your pet is lost and returned to a veterinary office, humane society, or animal shelter, the following steps will be followed:
- A microchip scanner is used to detect the microchip (similar to a grocery store scanner)
- The microchip number is extracted, and the manufacturer/company it was registered with is contacted for your details
- You are contacted to pick up your pet
What happens if my contact information changes?
Let us know right away so the information within your pet's microchip is kept current. The information must be accurate to ensure a safe return for your pet. Any change in name, address, or phone number should be updated right away. We highly encourage you to use this system of identification as well as a collar identification system on your pet.