Our Winnipeg Veterinarian Team Proudly Offers Pet Microchipping
For the safety of your beloved animal companion—and for your own peace of mind—our Winnipeg veterinarian staff strongly encourages you to get your pet microchipped.
Pet Microchipping Explained
Pets get lost or go missing for a variety of reasons: they may elope or get out of the house, wander due to territorial or breeding instincts, become misplaced or frightened during natural disasters, or, sadly, become victims of theft. In these cases, it's helpful to have your pet microchipped.
What is a microchip? Think of it as a small implantable ID tag. It doesn't work like a GPS system, but rather it's a way to increase the chances finding your pet after it goes missing.
Here's how it works:
- The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and contains a small chip digitally storing a unique identification number.
- When this chip is scanned by a microchip reading device (available at vet clinics and shelters), an alert is sent to the associated microchip database registry.
- This registry checks the account linked with the identification number and, using your privately stored contact information, gets in touch with you to let you know your pet has been recovered.
Benefits of Microchipping Your Pet
ID tags can easily fall off or can be removed, and pets can sometimes get out before you get a chance to put their collar on. Conversely, microchips are invisible and permanent.
Statistically, pets with microchips are much more likely to be reunited with their human families compared to animals who are not microchipped. Consider this info from a shelter survey:
- While less than 2% of non-microchipped cats are reunited with their families, nearly 40% of microchipped cats get to go back home.
- While just over 20% of non-microchipped dogs are reunited with their owners, the rate jumps to over 52% when a microchip is in place and functioning in the canine.
Microchip implantation is easy, fast, and affordable. It's implanted just beneath your pet's skin through a hypodermic needle (only local anesthesia is required, if at all—it can also be implanted while your pet is under anesthesia for another need, such as dental cleaning). Our vet staff also provides microchip tests that are quick and easy to ensure the implanted device is still working properly.
Are You Ready to Get Your Pet Microchipped? Contact a Veterinarian in Winnipeg, Manitoba Today
Contact the Silver Heights Vet Hospital today at (204) 504-5600 if you're curious about getting your pet microchipped, or if you're in need of any other type of vet care services. We'd love to get to know your beloved animal companion and help it live a long healthy life!