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It's a heartbreaking scenario. You just moved to a new home and your dog slips out the front door. Before you know it, Fido is nowhere to be seen. Worse than that, your dog's pet identification on the dog collar doesn't contain your updated address or contact information. You fear you may have lost your beloved pet forever.
It's situations like this that the Sherbrook Animal Hospital in Winnipeg, MB hopes to prevent by offering microchipping services. In order to help you better understand the process of implanting a microchip into your pet, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding this service.
When you take your dog or cat into our animal hospital, our veterinarian will use a large-bore needle to place a microchip into the skin located between the shoulder blades of your pet. The microchip is no larger than a grain of rice and the procedure is completely painless. Our vet doesn't even need to use an anesthetic before implanting the microchip. It's much like getting a routine shot.
A microchip is actually a radio frequency transponder that has a unique identification number. If your pet ends up at an animal shelter or another animal hospital, the unique ID code can be scanned with a microchip scanner. Once this happens, the microchip registry is contacted and the owner's information can then be received. Pet owners should note that once a microchip has been implanted, they still have to register their contact information with the recovery database.
It's important to understand that even though microchipping your pet can increase the chances of finding your cat or dog in the event they run away, get lost, or are stolen, your pet should still wear a collar that contains your contact information. Despite the fact microchips are a type of modern technology; there are still rare instances when there is a problem.
It's understandable that you want to do everything you can to protect your new puppy or kitty. The good news is, most puppies and kittens can receive microchipping services when they are very young. According to the American Kennel Club, puppies and kittens can receive a microchip as long as they weigh at least two pounds and are in good health.
If you would like to get microchipping services for your cat or dog or learn more about our other services, contact Sherbrook Animal Hospital at 204-774-3544. We look forward to seeing you and your pet soon!
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