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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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Last updated: December 2, 2021

Dear Clients,

Welcome back! We are happy to be able to invite our pet parents back into the hospital with their pets!! However, we are still following many of our previous health and safety protocols which have know been implemented as part of our communicable disease prevention protocol. We appreciate your patience, understanding and cooperation as we navigate through these times together. By helping to keep each other safe, we can continue to keep your pets safe.

1. WE ARE STILL OFFERING ALL OUR REGULAR, NON-URGENT AND URGENT CARE SERVICES

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

We continue to see a significant demand for these types of services. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Sometimes this means wait times of several weeks to be seen for non-urgent appointments. This allows our team to properly assess and triage those more critical patients that require our immediate attention. 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 put our team’s safety and that of the public first.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

Our DVM team is excited to invite you back into our exam rooms with your pets as long as we have the capacity to do so. To maintain a safe distance, we ask that only one pet parent accompany their pet into the exam room with the doctor. You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entry and please do not enter our hospital if you are feeling unwell, have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have been told to isolate by Island health.

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

We continue to offer our clients emergency on call services 7 days a week between the hours of 8:00 am and midnight, including stat holidays.

After-hours emergency care will be referred to Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital between the hours of midnight - 8:00 am. They can be reached at 250-933-0913. 

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Thank you for helping us make this transition in our health and safety protocols as safe as possible, so our team can be at its best and continue to look after you and your pet!

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital