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Microchipping

What Is Microchipping?

Microchipping is a permanent way to identify your dog. Unlike a collar and tag, a microchip can't fall off. So if your puppy gets lost without its collar, this may be the only way to ensure its safe return to your home.

What Is A Microchip?

They are about the size of a grain of rice and contain a unique 15-digit identification number.

How Is The Microchip Inserted?

It's implanted via an injection under your puppy's skin, between the shoulder blades.

Will Microchipping Hurt My Dog?

Most dogs don't seem to even feel it being injected. And they can't feel it once it's implanted.

Why Does My Dog Need One?

A microchip is beneficial to ensure that if your pet happens to get off leash or out of the yard, that even without an ID tag, which can get lost, your pet can be scanned and returned safely to you. All of the local SPCAs will have microchip readers in addition to the majority of veterinary clinics to scan lost pets and hopefully find their rightful owners.

Not required by law in Canada, although recommended as it is a safety precaution to try and ensure your pet gets home safely.

How Do They Work?

Your dog's microchip contains a unique number. Details about you and your dog are entered into an animal registry database. State governments may have databases and there are also independent pet registry databases.

If your pet is lost and taken to a pound or veterinary clinic, they can wave a microchip scanner over your dog to detect the microchip to find and alert you.

Additional Information

Veterinary Partner: The Pet Health Library

Microchipping could save your Pet's Life
By: Wendy C. Brooks, DVM, DipABVP

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