Pet Microchipping

Pet Microchipping is the most successful way of identifying your pet. It provides a permanent, tamper-proof means of identification that will not fade or be lost over time. Microchips are universal, traceable, safe, sterile, confidential and secure.

Why should you microchip your pet ?

Pet microchipping is a permanent form of identification that, unlike tags and collars, cannot be removed, lost, broken or stolen. Veterinarians and shelter personnel routinely scan lost dogs and cats for microchips. Therefore, the chances of being reunited with a lost microchipped pet are high. Pet microchipping is also vital in the recovery of stolen pets. Many veterinarians are alerted to lost or possibly stolen animals through fliers. So, if an individual walks in with a found pet that matches the flier’s description, the veterinarian will likely scan for a microchip and take appropriate action. Owners of both indoor and outdoor pets should take advantage of pet microchipping, because even under the most diligent watch, pets can get out of yards and houses. All it takes is an unlatched gate, a hole in the fence or the opening of a front door for a pet to make a quick getaway and go on an adventure

What are microchips?

Microchips are implantable computer chips that encode a unique identification number. They are no bigger than a grain of rice and they are placed under your pet’s skin with a needle and syringe, similar to a routine vaccine. Unlike collars and ID tags, they can never break or fall off. They work by receiving a radio signal from a scanner and transmitting the encoded chip identification number back to the scanner. With the chip identification number in hand, the vital contact information is only a phone call away.

What kind of information is contained in the microchip?

Is there a tracking device in it? Will it store my pet's medical information?

A: The microchips presently used in pets only contain identification numbers. No, the microchip is not a GPS device and cannot track your animal if it gets lost. Although microchips themselves don’t contain your pet's medical information, some microchip registration databases will allow you to store that information in the database for quick reference.

Is microchipping painful to my pet?

Microchipping hurts about as much as having blood drawn. It’s a large needle so there is a pinch. A lot of people have it done while their pets are being spayed or neutered so that they are not awake for it, but some pets don’t even flinch. It all depends on your individual pet.

How does a microchip work and is it safe?

The implantable chip, not larger than a grain of rice, is injected just
under the skin and provides a unique identification number. As soon as
the microchip is implanted, a registration form is completed with the
chip number, owner’s contact information, pet details and emergency
contact info. Yes, pet microchipping is extremely safe and can be done by one of our
veterinarians or animal health technicians.

Registering Microchip with the BC Pet Registry

Pet microchipping has little value without registration. Registering your pet's microchip with the BC Pet Registry will ensure the pet's microchip is connected to your contact information. In the case they are ever lost, veterinarians or shelters will be able to identify your pet and contact you ASAP!