Microchipping for Pets

At Lauzon Veterinary Hospital, we consider your loyal companions as part of your family, which is why we encourage the use of microchips. A microchip is a permanent form of identification used in pets. While physical ID tags and collars are helpful, it’s always good to have a secondary form of ID if those get lost. Microchips don’t operate using a battery. Instead, when scanned, they transmit an identification number that is linked to your contact information. To discuss microchipping your pet, reach out to us at 519-948-7727.

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How is the microchip implanted in pets?

The procedure is straightforward and takes only a few minutes to complete. The microchip is inserted using a hypodermic needle underneath the skin. The chip is usually placed at the back of the neck between the shoulder blades. For your pet, it feels like a typical injection. The chip can also be implanted during dental cleanings or spays and neuters when the patient is under anesthesia.

What information is inside the chip? Does it work like GPS?

The microchip itself doesn’t have any information; it only contains an identification number.  That identification number will only be known when your pet is scanned with a special barcode scanner. Most veterinary clinics or animal shelters can detect a microchip using this scanner. Unfortunately, the microchip does not use GPS technology. Your pet has to be found by someone in order for the chip to be scanned.

Where is my information stored?

Your contact details are stored in the microchip manufacturer’s database. Once the chip is inserted into your pet, you register them to the registry. General information such as your name, address, and telephone number are kept in the system. If you change your address or phone number, you are strongly advised that you update your contact details ASAP. This information is only accessible by the manufacturing company.

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