The microchip, while not a GPS, can make all the difference in finding a pet that has strayed or been lost. It contains the contact information of the pet’s owner, who can then be identified and contacted quickly. At Hôpital vétérinaire Vieux Village Inc., we scan all pets at their appointment to see if they’re already microchipped.
What is a microchip?
As the name suggests, a microchip is a tiny capsule, about the size of a grain of rice, that contains a computer chip that identifies each animal with a unique number. This number is linked to a registry that covers North America and includes the owner’s personal information (full name and phone number).
How is the microchip inserted?
The microchip, which is sterilized and made of biologically inert materials, is inserted under your pet’s skin, between the shoulder blades, with a syringe. The procedure is simple and causes very little pain. It can be inserted while your pet is awake or under anaesthesia for another procedure (such as spaying or neutering).
Is it permanent?
The microchip is a permanent method of identification. While a collar can be removed, lost or damaged, a microchip cannot be removed or lost by the pet. It will also always remain intact.
Who can own a microchip reader?
Microchip readers can be found in most veterinary clinics and hospitals, as well as in humane societies and shelters.