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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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
We are very excited to welcome you back into our lobby! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.
We will continue to offer curbside service for any client who requests it.
Masks or face coverings are required to enter our hospital. If you do not have a mask, we can supply one for you. If you are unable to wear a face mask or face covering, we can still offer your pet the same great care and attention through our curbside service.
To comply with social distancing, we ask that only one "pet parent" enter the hospital during their appointment. You will be asked to sanitize your hands as well as a few screening questions prior to entry.
We are able to accommodate one client at a time in our retail/prescription pick up area. We kindly ask that you wait outside in our designated, covered waiting area until it is safe to enter. Thank you for your patience while you wait at a safe distance. Don't worry; we will be there to assist you and get you what you need!
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store”.
3. ONLINE ORDERS
The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE
4. OPERATING HOURS
During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!
Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet's much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business.
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital