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Why is microchipping important? If your cat or dog was to ever go missing, having them microchipped is a quick and easy way for vets, Humane Society’s, pound facilities, etc. to know that this pet has an owner and to track who that owner is. A microchip wand is scanned over the animal's entire body, and if a microchip has been detected the registered number is displayed on the screen. It is definitive proof of ownership. Microchips are a wonderful tool to help return lost pets to the families that love them.
Each microchip has its unique number which is registered with all of the animals and owner’s information. An important part of having your pet microchipped is keeping the registered information up to date, most importantly your phone number as that is how the microchip company will contact you. A microchip is not a GPS tracking device, and it is only as good as the information that is provided to the company that the chip is registered through. Registered microchips are internationally traceable and will last the lifetime of your pet.
Microchipping is a quick and easy process for your pet. The chip itself is as small as a grain of rice and is injected using a needle just under the skin at the base of the animal’s neck or the “scruff”. Most cats and dogs are not bothered at all by the process. It is permanent and only needs to be done once.
All animals adopted from the Quinte Humane Society come with a microchip which is included in the adoption fee. We register the microchip for you and provide you with the microchip information in case you need to contact the company to make any changes. The Quinte Humane Society sells microchips for $30 which can be implanted by your veterinarian.