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

As pet parents you share a deep connection with your beloved cat or dog which is why you do everything to keep them safe. Microchips can help ensure the safety of your feline or canine companion. Microchipping your pet will give them a permanent ID that, unlike collars, will never need to be replaced. It is a one-time procedure that could put your worries at ease knowing that if your forever friend goes missing, they can be identified and returned home.

When can I have my cat or dog microchipped?

For most patients, the veterinarian will recommend microchipping around 6 months old. If your cat or dog is older, they can still be microchipped at any time. We can microchip cats and dogs during any of our routine appointments. To discuss microchipping your feline or canine companion, feel free to call us at 613-384-6618.

How do microchips work?

Microchips are implanted below the skin with a special needle. It is usually located at the back of the neck and once it is properly implanted, the microchip will be effective for the rest of your cat or dog’s life. The microchip has a unique number that can be read by a special scanner. With the veterinarian's help, the patient will be registered into the manufacturer’s database. The owner’s details such as their name, number and address will also be stored with the patient’s information. If the cat or dog gets lost and is found by someone else, a veterinarian can locate the microchip’s contact info and get in touch with the guardian.

Do microchips hurt?

Implanting a microchip causes little to no pain. For your loyal companion, it feels similar to getting their blood drawn. Even kittens and puppies get microchipped without any incident. If you wish to have your feline or canine companion microchipped, they can also have the procedure when they are already under anesthesia for dental cleanings or spays and neuters.

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