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The Microchip

The Microchip
Par Catherine Lapierre, TSAc, le October 13, 2014

Imagine for a moment that your pet runs away from home. It is difficult for all pet owners, to be without news of his companion. Formerly, the act of fill up the walls with a picture of our missing pet was one of the few possible techniques to find him.

Nowadays, many alternatives are adding up in addition to signs on nearby streets. Of course, there are the medals that can hang on the collar of our animal. Unfortunately, it is ineffective when our companion is on the run without his collar. There are also several pages on the internet that allow us to publish a picture of our lost pet and target a wider audience.

Some animals are also tattooed, allowing personal identification. Unfortunately, some tattoos fade over time. Therefore, the microchip is increasingly used to identify pets permanently.

The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It is installed under the skin of the animal, generally between the scapulae and, using a syringe. It is subsequently read with a scanner.

Many places now have this microship reader, such as veterinary institutions, shelters and SPCA, etc. At Ste-Rose Veterinary Hospital, our first reaction when someone finds an animal, is to check if it is microchipped and it's usually the same for all places with the reader.

However, it is important to know that the microchip does not allow us to locate our animal, since it is not a GPS. It allows the person who found the pet to get the owner informations to contact them.

When we install a microchip in an animal, the owner information is sent to a database. This information is related to the series of 15 digits of the microchip.

We recommend the microchipping during neutering of the animal, since it is under anesthesia. But, it is possible to do it when the animal is awake.

Do not hesitate to contact us for more information. This little device could help you found your companion in case of trouble.


Catherine Lapierre, Certified Veterinary Technician



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