Microchipping is a universal identification method. It links an identification number with the owner’s contact information. An increasing number of cities require pets to be microchipped—including Vaudreuil-Dorion. Most cities also require a canine or feline license (separate from a microchip).

What is a microchip and how does it work?

A microchip is a small electronic chip the size of a grain of rice that contains a unique identification number. The microchip is placed on the pet’s back, between the shoulder blades, using a syringe. Microchips contain safe, sterile materials which pose absolutely no health risk to your pet.

The identification number is linked to your contact information in a register of animal owners. A microchip reader can access this information when your pet’s back is scanned. Since most veterinary clinics and animal shelters have these readers, you will be quickly contacted if your pet is found (hence the importance of keeping your contact information up to date).

Is microchipping expensive?

Costs vary from $40 to $100, including the cost of the microchip, injection under the skin and the registry fee. Once your pet has a microchip, it’s set for life. Some municipalities even offer funding to encourage more pet owners to microchip their pets.

Does the procedure hurt?

The procedure is over so quickly that your pet won’t have time to notice more than a slight discomfort, for a couple seconds maximum. If you prefer, the area can be numbed before the injection. Many vet clinics combine microchipping with other veterinary procedures, such as spaying or neutering, when the pet is already under general anaesthesia.

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