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Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital

7871 Stave Lake St E130

Mission, BC V2V 0B5

(604) 286-0160

Microchipping your Dog

Microchipping Your Dog at Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital

Microchipping offers a permanent way to identify your pet without relying on name tags that can get damaged or torn off. This revolutionary technology allows your animal hospital or shelter to recognize and return your pet to you should it wander away from home. Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital in Maple Ridge and Mission, BC, can microchip your pet to ensure it returns home safely should it get lost. Continue reading to learn about microchipping and how it can help protect your pet’s well-being.

Dog Microchip

How Does Microchipping Work?

Microchipping works by implanting a tiny electronic chip under your pet’s skin to help shelters or veterinarians identify it. The procedure is quick and virtually painless, similar to a routine vaccination. Once implanted, the microchip emits a unique identification number when scanned with a specific reader. This number corresponds to your contact information in a national pet registry. Your veterinarian near you or pet shelter staff can swiftly return your furry friend to you after identifying your contact information.

What sets microchipping apart from traditional ID tags is its reliability and permanence. Unlike collars and tags, which can fall off or become unreadable, the microchip remains in place for your pet's lifetime. Many animal hospitals and shelters have microchip readers, increasing the likelihood of your lost pet getting identified and returning home safely. The permanent and reliable nature of microchipping gives pet owners greater peace of mind since they know that their beloved companions are well-protected against separation and loss.

When Should I Microchip My Dog?

Microchipping your pet is a crucial decision that every pet owner should carefully consider. While there is no universal answer to when you should microchip your pet, certain factors can help guide your decision. If your puppy frequently roams off-leash or enjoys outdoor activities, a microchip can offer an added layer of security if it gets lost. A microchip could also prove invaluable if you plan to travel or are moving with your puppy, allowing you to reunite with it in the event of separation.

However, your pet’s age does not hinder the benefits of microchipping. A microchip can still provide peace of mind and protect your pet against unforeseen circumstances if it is older or rarely ventures away from home. Ultimately, you should base your decision to microchip your puppy or older pet on its needs and lifestyle rather than age.

Contact Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital to Microchip Your Pet Today

Microchipping provides a permanent way to identify your pet should it wander away from home and get lost, so contact Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital in Maple Ridge and Mission, BC, to protect your pet’s well-being by microchipping it today. Call us and schedule an appointment today at (604) 286-0160 to ensure your pet can safely return home should it get lost.