Microchipping for Pets

Permanent pet identification to help reunite you with your pet should they ever get lost.

Imagine if your dog or cat got lost. You'd want to give him or her the best chance of getting home. With microchipping, you can. Even the most responsible pet owners can't always guarantee that their pets won't get lost. To save yourself the agony of trying to assemble a search party for your lost pet, please contact us at 519-941-2275.

What is microchipping?

Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet if they get lost. A microchip, which is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice, is placed just under the loose skin at the back of the neck. When a lost pet without an ID tag is found, we use a handheld microchip scanner to check for one. If the pet has a microchip, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. We then call the chip manufacturer, retrieve the pet owner's contact information, and call the owner. We can microchip ferrets, rabbits, birds, and other companion animals, too!

Is a microchip the only ID my pet needs?

We recommend using a microchip, along with a collar and ID tag, to identify your pet. An ID tag is still a reliable identification method. Pets that have tags with current contact information are more likely to not end up in shelters and tend to get home faster than those without tags. However, collars and ID tags aren't permanent and can be removed or lost. With a microchip, your pet will have a much better chance of being identified and returned to you. Pets without microchips that end up in shelters could be adopted by another family or even euthanized. Although we hope your pet never becomes lost, we want you to be prepared. We can also suggest a plan to have in place so if your pet does go missing, you'll be able to act quickly.

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