Is your pet not yet microchipped? Don't wait any longer! This permanent identification method could make all the difference if they get lost or run away. In fact, microchipping for all cats and dogs over 6 months of age has been mandatory in Montreal since January 1, 2020.
How does microchipping work?
A microchip is a tiny capsule, about the size of a grain of rice, that contains a computer chip. This computer chip has a unique number that connects a pet with its owner's contact information. Most veterinary clinics, humane societies and shelters have microchip readers and can access the contact information.
Is microchipping painful?
A veterinarian uses a needle to insert the microchip under the animal's skin between their shoulder blades. The procedure is simple, fast and not very painful (similar to a vaccine). It can be inserted cold, the area can be numbed locally or we can put it in while your pet is under anesthesia for another medical procedure (such as sterilization).
Why is this method of identification considered permanent?
Unlike a simple collar that can be removed, lost or the information on which can become less legible over time, the animal can't lose or remove its microchip. It will always stay intact and functional, which is why it's permanent.