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.