Microchipping for Pets

Microchipping is a quick surgical procedure to help you find your pet if they get lost. The microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath your pet’s skin usually between the shoulder blades and stays there for their entire life. This procedure is as easy and as painless as a vaccination. Each microchip has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national pet registry. When it’s scanned the information appears and the pet parent will be contacted. It’s a common procedure that ensures you and your pet will be happily reunited should you ever become separated. To schedule an appointment, or to learn more, contact us at 780.444.1324.

Why is microchipping my pet a good idea?

Most veterinary hospitals and animal shelters have electronic scanners for detecting and reading implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found and a microchip is scanned it is easy for you to be reached. If you move or change numbers, let your microchip service provider know. If your pet were found, scanned and had the wrong information on their profile, it would be a missed opportunity for your family.

How long does it take to implant the microchip?

The procedure itself can last about 10 to 30 seconds but filling out the paperwork can take slightly longer. When coming in for your appointment we recommend allotting 1 hour for the whole process.

Can I track my pet?

The chip doesn’t operate as a tracking device. It works more like a membership card. When it’s scanned, the pet owner’s address and contact information appear.