Microchipping is a way to permanently identify your pet and reunite you with your pet if you happen to get separated from each other. A microchip is a small electronic chip (about the size of a grain of rice) that is placed just under your pet’s skin in the neck area, similar to a vaccine. If your pet becomes lost, veterinary hospitals, rescue societies, and the human society will scan your pet for a microchip. Each microchip has a unique identification number that links your pet to your details that you register with the microchip company, enabling us to quickly contact you and reunite you with your pet.
Tattooing is another form of identification for your pet. A tattoo is placed in your pet’s ear and is a combination of numbers and letters. This combination is recognized by all veterinary hospitals and humane societies throughout Canada. When your pet is found, we can look up your pet’s tattoo and match it with your file. It is imperative that you keep your contact information up to date at the hospital.
We recommend all pets be microchipped. Collars with tags may fall off and tattoos can sometimes be difficult to read, so a microchip is the most reliable source of identification. Microchips are also internationally recognized, so if you travel or your pet gets lost in another country, there is a better chance that you will be reunited.
Reasons to Microchip:
- Tattoos may be difficult to read
- Quick and painless identification
- Inexpensive Lifetime identification
- Internationally recognized
- Tags and collars can fall off
Note: We no longer offer tattoos at our hospitals.