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Microchipping for Pets

Microchipping is crucial for pet safety, ensuring a higher chance of reunion if they ever get lost.

A microchip is a very little electrical device that is implanted just beneath your pet’s skin. It is only about the size of a grain of rice, but it contains information that is transmitted by radio waves, such as your contact information. Once someone finds your lost pet and uses the appropriate scanner, they will be able to access your contact information and return your pet to you. Call 250-727-2125 if you have any questions about the procedure.

At what age should my pet be microchipped?

Pets can be microchipped as early as 8 weeks old, which is when they receive their first set of vaccinations. Many veterinarians prefer to time it with spay/neuter procedures when pets are under anesthesia or sedation due to the larger implant needle. Nonetheless, it is generally recommended to microchip pets as soon as possible.

What should I do after my pet is microchipped?

After your pet has been implanted with a microchip, it's essential to register their details, such as your name, address, and phone number, with the microchip manufacturer or registry. This way, if they ever get lost and someone scans them with the right type of scanner, the identification number can be used to find your contact information and reunite you with your pet. Regardless of whether they were brought to a different veterinary clinic or shelter, they will still be able to contact you.

Will my pet’s microchip need to be replaced?

No. If the microchipping process is done correctly, the device does not need to be replaced as it is made from a sturdy material that can last throughout your pet’s entire life without the need for repair or batteries.

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