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Microchipping a Dog

Microchipping your dog is becoming a pretty standard practice across North America and is one of the best sources of identification for your dog. Microchipping is also mandatory to enter several countries around the world. Typically offered at time of spay or neuter, some puppies are microchipped by their breeder before they go to their new homes. It is a good idea to have your dog’s microchip scanned during annual exams to ensure it’s functioning properly and to verify its position.

Why is it important to ensure my dog is microchipped?

Microchipping may be one of your best chances at reuniting with your lost dog. Tattoos work well within your own province, but over time they tend to fade and can become extremely hard to read. Whether you choose to microchip or tattoo, it is important to keep your address and contact information current with your veterinarian’s office and with the manufacturer of the microchip.

How do microchips work and things to know?

Microchips are implanted subcutaneously (under the skin) between the shoulder blades. A needle and syringe apparatus is used to administer the microchip which is about the size of a grain of rice. Once administered, your veterinarian will send you home with information about your dog’s new microchip and the steps you need to follow to ensure it’s registered properly. Anytime you move or change your contact information, you can simply phone or log onto the microchip company’s website to update your information. We only use ISO international 15 digit microchips which are CKC approved and recognized internationally. Your dog’s microchip will also come with a tag for your dog’s collar. This tag will have a serial number unique to your dog’s microchip, as well as the microchip company’s contact information. This can be very handy if your dog is found, but there is no access to a scanner. The serial number on your dog’s tag can be used as a secondary source for identification.

How much does it cost to microchip a dog?

Microchipping is relatively inexpensive and can be administered at anytime. Most often they are administered at the same time your dog is in to be spayed or neutered, but can also easily and efficiently be administered during a regular examination. Give our office a call 250-334-8400 to find out how much our microchips cost.

How safe are microchips?

While its important to realize that implanting any foreign material into your pet’s body is a risk (whether it be a microchip or a metal plate used to heal a fracture), you need to outweigh the benefits to potential risks. In the case of microchips, the risks are very low. As with any foreign object, sometimes the body may react or reject the implant. Microchips are implanted just under the skin between the shoulder blades and there is always a chance of migration away from the original injection site. If your pet is microchipped, it is important to have it scanned during your annual visits to confirm it’s location in the body. More and more breeders, rescue groups and shelters are microchipping pets as opposed to tattooing. Alternative options to a microchip can be a collar with an ID tag, however, they often wear down or get lost and can also be easily removed from your pet. Tattoos can also be an effective form of identification; however, they do fade over time and depending on how well they heal, can be hard to read. Thousands of dogs become separated from their owners or escape their homes each year and microchips are proving to be one of the most effective ways to get your cherished family member returned home safely.

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Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is super excited to be hosting our 4th annual cupcake day fundraiser! BCSPCA celebrates “Treat Week” across the Province from Feb 24th – March 1st 2020 where business, pet owners and animal lovers can bake up a storm and sell treats with the proceeds going to BC animals in need.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Friday, March 19, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.334.8400. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are OPEN and temporarily operating as a 24-hour hospital.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital