Microchipping has become a very popular and safe way to permanently identify your pet and you as the owner in the unfortunate case that your pet is ever lost.
Microchipping involves placement of a small electronic chip the size and shape of a piece of rice just under the skin in the neck area. A needle is used to inject the chip. The injection is comparable to a regular vaccine injection and can be done while your pet is awake.
If your pet becomes lost and is brought to a veterinary hospital or animal shelter, they will be able to scan your pet for the chip and contact you. The scanner is similar to a scanner found in the grocery store. Unfortunately it will not act as a GPS system to tract down your pet’s location!
It is a permanent, discrete way to identify your pet. If you are traveling it is very important as it will be traceable all across Canada. If you are moving out of the country – it will be required before entering another country.
Tattooing is another great way to identify your pet. There is a standard tattoo system used by the veterinarians in all of British Columbia to uniquely identify your pet. The tattoo code consists of a combination of letters and numbers – indicating the hospital it was done at, the year, and a number specific to your pet. It is placed in the ear (right ear for mainland BC) with permanent ink. This is a great system, but need to be done while your pet is sedated (asleep). Also tattoos, just with people, can fade over time and become less readable.
We believe along with ID collars and tags all pets should have a tattoo or microchip. It means getting your family back together faster and can save a lot of heartache. That is why we are proud to offer 1/2 $ off tattoos or microchips performed during any spay or neuter.
Also with whatever type of identification you use for your pet, make sure to keep your information updated and current. A microchip is no good if the database has an old ph.# and address. Or you’ve moved and never told your original vet hospital that did the tattoo.