Did your dog escape from your yard? Has your cat lost its collar? Give yourself years of peace of mind by having a microchip for cats and dogs installed!
What is a microchip for dogs and cats?
This device contains a computer chip that looks like a capsule the size of a grain of rice. This is inserted under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. This process lets you identify your lost pet quickly and permanently, thereby increasing the chances that they will be returned to you if they ever escape.
What are the advantages of a microchip for dogs and cats?
A microchip offers several advantages over other permanent identification methods. It can’t be lost like a poorly fitting or worn-out collar, which can easily break. Your companion might therefore end up far from home without a tag to identify them as yours.
A tattoo is certainly more permanent, but it can stretch or fade over time, which makes it hard to read. It might therefore be more difficult to track you down. For its part, a microchip is inserted under the skin and therefore can’t be lost. In addition, since it’s electronic, it can easily be read by all shelters, SPCAs, or veterinary clinics using a microchip reader.
The microchip identification number is clearly displayed on the reader, and the numbers are indexed in a North American database. Wherever your pet ends up, they will be more likely to find their family again. However, if you move, it’s important to update the owner’s contact information with the microchip company as soon as possible.
Some municipalities in the region, such as Candiac, Saint-Constant, and Delson, now require licences for all cats and dogs on their territory. These licences are available for a reduced price or even free of charge when your pet is microchipped.
Why identify your pet with a microchip for dogs and cats?
An animal that hasn’t been identified after 3 to 5 days may be put up for adoption or even euthanized. That’s why it’s important to identify your pet. If the lost pet is sick or injured, being able to identify them makes it possible to treat them quickly and potentially save their life.
This is why most SPCAs install microchips during adoption. This allows the owners of stray and abandoned pets to be identified quickly.
How to identify your pet
Only veterinarians or animal health technicians under their supervision can install a microchip for cats and dogs. Many shelters and agencies organize microchipping days at affordable prices.
Microchips for dogs and cats aren’t GPS devices, so you can’t locate your pet until they have been found. However, there are GPS systems that can complement the microchip.
About Hôpital Vétérinaire Roussillon
For over 25 years, Hôpital Vétérinaire Roussillon has offered a wide variety of veterinary services for your pet. Our mission is to understand your pet’s needs and care for them in the most comfortable environment possible.
We also provide advice for your pet remotely, if necessary. If you need a product for your pet, you can check out our online store.
If you need to have a microchip for dogs and cats installed on your pet, speak with us now. We will be pleased to answer all your questions.