Losing their dog or cat and never seeing them again is the worst nightmare for many loving owners. As such, microchipping is becoming increasingly more popular due to its sole reason and purpose: reuniting pet owners with their lost pets. Microchipping is a simple and safe procedure that involves implanting a small chip, about the size of a grain of rice, under the skin of a pet. The microchip contains a unique identification number that can be read using a universal scanner, which can help reunite lost or stolen pets with their owners. To learn more, call us at 204-728-0033.
At what age should my dog or cat be microchipped?
Most pets can be microchipped as early as 8-weeks-old, which is typically the age when they receive their first set of vaccinations. It is generally recommended to have your pet microchipped as soon as possible. However, because the implant needle is generally larger, many veterinarians time it with their spay/neuter procedures when they will be under anesthesia or sedation. That being said, the microchipping process involves minimal discomfort. It feels similar to receiving a vaccination or some other form of injection.
What should I do after my dog or cat is microchipped?
Once your beloved family member is microchipped, you must register your pet's information, including your name, address, and phone number, with the microchip manufacturer/registry. If your pet ever gets lost and is then found, they can be brought to any veterinary clinics or shelters at which they will be scanned for a microchip. The registry can use that identification number to locate your contact information and help reunite you with your pet.
Can I track my dog or cat with a microchip?
Unfortunately, a microchip does not allow you to track your pet's location. Microchips are passive devices that contain a unique identification number that can be read using a scanner, but do not have any GPS tracking capabilities.