Microchipping for Pets

Microchipping helps your pet make it safely back home to you, if they ever get lost. This non-invasive procedure provides a lifetime of protection for your furry family member, ensuring they have identification for life. We know you might not consider your pet getting lost. That being said, please contact our veterinary team at 403.934.3311 so you’ll have a plan in place, just in case it does happen.

Is a microchip like a pet ID?

Yes, a microchip provides your pet with permanent identification. Since your pet can’t exactly walk around with an identification card letting them know who their family is, a microchip does just that! Each microchip contains a personal, one-of-a-kind identification number that links your pet to your family. In addition, we also recommend your pet have collars and identification tags, including up-to-date contact information.

How does this help my lost pet?

If your pet is lost and returns to a veterinary clinic like ours, a shelter or humane society, we’re able to use a special scanner to detect the microchip. The personal information connected to each chip includes your pet’s family, veterinarian’s information, an alternate contact and your pet’s personal information. This information is registered in a pet recovery registry, making it recoverable when it’s needed the most. It’s important to provide us with up-to-date contact information so we can make adjustments to your phone number or other contact information.

How is the microchip implanted?

A microchip is smaller than a grain of rice and implanted under your pet’s skin. The chip is completely harmless and is a non-invasive procedure. No surgery or anesthesia is required. The microchip is smaller than a grain of rice and is completely harmless. Just like a vaccine, the microchip is injected under your pet’s skin (typically in the scruff of the neck) where it remains safely for life.

Last updated: September 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    4. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Strathmore Veterinary Clinic