It is natural to worry about what would happen to your pet companion if you got separated from them. Did you know that only 15% of dogs and 2% of cats who are not microchipped are reunited with their owners if they ever become lost? Microchips were invented to ensure they always have some form of identification. Although leashes and tags are very useful, they can be removed and damaged, but with microchips there is no upkeep needed. When your pet is microchipped, it increases the chances of you being reunited with them if they ever get lost. To discuss the procedure for your cat or dog, please call us at 780-428-8802.
How does microchipping work?
The device can be implanted during routine veterinary visits. Microchips are implanted between shoulder blades using a special needle. Each chip has an identification number which is linked to a pet recovery system. Should your pet ever get lost, someone will take them to a veterinary hospital or animal shelter where they will be checked for a microchip. By scanning the chip, we can retrieve your contact details from the pet recovery system to reunite you with your pet.
Is it safe to have my pet microchipped?
The chip is completely harmless for your pet. They are designed to last years under your pet's skin without any side effects or complications. Also implanting the chip doesn't cause any pain, the procedure is tolerated very well by patients, and no sedation is required.
Does my indoor pet need a microchip?
Even the best-behaved pets can get loose and become lost. Although you try your best to keep your pet indoors, there is no way to guarantee that they won't go outside. In many cases because they are restricted from exploring outside, your pet may get even more curious. Once they notice an open window or door, they can easily escape. The microchip will give you peace of mind knowing they will always have some form of identification with them.