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At Jane Animal Hospital, microchipping is just one of the many services our Toronto Veterinarians provide. If your pet isn't already microchipped, we highly recommend having this quick and simple procedure done. Specifically, a microchip refers to a tiny, implantable chip that is placed underneath your pet's skin and contains important identifying and contact information.
There are numerous benefits of having your pet microchipped. The main benefit is the added peace of mind and chance of recovery in the event that your pet becomes lost. Let's say, for example, you let your pet out into your fenced-in backyard. A few minutes later, you step outside to call your dog in and he's gone. You realize you must have left the gate open earlier in the day while you were working in the back yard.
Awhile later, a passerby notices your dog wandering a nearby neighborhood and decides to take him in. Your dog was not wearing a collar, so there is no obvious contact information to reach you. However, this good Samaritan decides to have your pet scanned for a microchip at a local shelter or vet office. Immediately, the chip is discovered and, using the information embedded into the chip, the vet's office is able to contact you and let you know that your dog has been found.
Overall, having your pet microchipped is your best chance for retrieving a pet after he or she goes missing. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to "prove" ownership of a pet without a microchip unless your pet has very distinct markings, a collar, or other identifying information.
Some pet owners think that putting a collar with tags on their pet is just as good as microchipping, but this simply isn't the case. When pets run away, they tend to lose their collars while climbing over/under fences, scaling trees, and the like. Therefore, you cannot always rely on your pet's collar and tags to be intact by the time he or she is found. Since a microchip is embedded under the skin, you don't have to worry about this.
Having your pet microchipped is an extremely quick and simple procedure that, for most pets, is completely painless. Much like a vaccine, microchipping is done so quickly that most pets don't realize what's going on. Once your pet is microchipped, we will program the necessary contact information from you, including your name and telephone number.
Please be sure to keep your pet's microchip information updated. If you move or change your telephone number, you should let your vet know or contact the microchip company directly so they can update the information for you. All too often, this is something that pet owners forget to do when they relocate or change their contact information.
If you're interested in having your pet microchipped or would simply like to find out more about it, feel free to contact our Toronto veterinarians today. You can reach Jane Animal Hospital at 416-762-5558. We'd be happy to answer any questions you may have or get your pet scheduled for a microchip appointment during our office hours, Monday through Saturday.