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Microchip IDs – Really?
Contrary to what its name might indicate, a microchip ID is not something out of science fiction. It is actually a small electronic capsule the size of a grain of rice that is injected between the shoulder blades of your pet or into the skin on its shoulder with a needle-like injector. Everything is done quickly by a veterinarian or an experienced technician. At the time of implantation, your pet will feel a small twinge that is soon forgotten, similar to that of a vaccine.
Revolutionary Tracking Technology
Like a bar code, a microchip can be read by special electronic scanners available in veterinary clinics and shelters. These scanners capture an alphanumeric identification code attached to a folder containing your details.
At Clinique Vétérinaire Jarry, we deal with EIDAP, a company that manages a microchip database. If your pet is found without visible identification and a microchip scanner is used to capture the code on the chip, the clinic or shelter where your pet is being sheltered will contact EIDAP to reunite you with your companion.
A Safe and Permanent Means of Identification
A collar or tag can come off and a tattoo in the ear can fade over time, but a microchip is for life! Whether your pet is lost after running away or because you have moved, if it is brought to a clinic or shelter, you have an excellent chance of finding him. In addition, the microchip ID is an identification method recognized on every continent. It may be used to identify your pet even if it has been taken and transported to the other side of the country. You will know without a doubt that it is your beloved companion that was found!
If you move or change phone numbers, simply call our supplier EIDAP at 1-888-346-8899 to update your file. Sometimes, a pet may change owners. In this case, you can also transmit the coordinates of its new family to EIDAP. Remember: it is important to ensure that the information on your pet’s microchip is always up to date!
Perfect with an ID Tag
The microchip is not a GPS and always should be used in tandem with a collar and tag. Why? Although the microchip is a way to identify an animal, it can only be read by a special scanner, which only works when in close proximity to the microchip’s antenna. If your pet is not wearing a collar and is found by a neighbor who did not think to bring it to a clinic or shelter to check for the presence of a microchip, your companion will not be identified. So always make sure that your pet is wearing an ID tag in addition to the microchip.
A Recognized Method
Some municipalities offer a discount on the price of a municipal animal permit when your pet has a microchip ID. You can visit the website of the City of Montreal to find out more.
Call us for an appointment to get a microchip ID for your pet at our clinic in Anjou.