What would you do if your pet got lost? Give your pet the best chance of coming back, and ask your veterinarian at Windsor Essex Vets about microchip implants. Implanting a microchip doesn't hurt your pet, is a surgery-free procedure and doesn't need to be repeated, since microchips don't wear out.
What Is a Microchip?
A microchip works as a permanent ID for your pet. It gives your cat or dog a number used to identify the pet and the owner. If your pet gets lost, the microchip will be used to retrieve your contact information, contact you and eventually reunite you with your pet. Reading a microchip involves passing a microchip scanner over the pet's shoulder blades, which identifies your cat's or dog's unique ID.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can any animal be microchipped?
A: Yes, microchipping can be done to lots of different animals, including horses, dogs, cats, ferrets, and most other mammals.
Q: How long is the procedure, and does it have to be done by a veterinarian?
A: Implanting a microchip takes more or less the same amount of time it takes to give an injection. The procedure itself takes seconds, but the paperwork involved usually takes more time. Even though it's recommended that a veterinarian performs the procedure, it's not necessary.
Q: Is it painful to my pet?
A: Your pet will feel a pinch, since the procedure is done with a large needle. However, implanting a microchip is about as painful as a vaccination.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: If you’re going to a vet just to get a microchip done, it’s probably going to cost around $58. But if you have it done during your regular checkup, then it will probably be a bit less, because you’ve already paid for the office visit.
Q: Is the procedure dangerous?
A: It's rare, but some complications may occur. That's why we recommend that a veterinarian perform the procedure, because it does matter where you put it and how you inject it.
Q: Have studies found an increased risk of cancer in pets with microchips?
A: Although it's very rare, animals were reported to have developed tumours at the site of the microchip. Compared to the millions of perfectly healthy animals that have had microchips implanted in them, developing a tumour is an incredibly rare occurrence, but it can happen.
For more information, please talk to one of our veterinarians.