Even if you take every precaution, your pet may run away or get lost. Microchipping is a safe, effective way for your pet to be identified by a veterinary clinic or animal shelter—the only organizations permitted to use a microchip scanner.

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How big is a microchip? Is microchipping a painful procedure?

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. Since it’s so small, the procedure causes only mild discomfort. A veterinarian uses a needle to insert the microchip under the animal’s skin between their shoulder blades. The discomfort lasts only a few moments. Microchipping is often done at the same time your pet is spayed or neutered, while they are under general anaesthesia.

Is the procedure expensive?

Microchipping can cost between $40 and $100, including the cost of the microchip, injection under the skin and the registry fee. That said, it’s a one-time procedure and provides permanent identification. Some cities even offer funding to encourage more pet owners to microchip their pets.

What steps should I take after microchipping my pet?

You should note down your pet’s identification number. You can also ask your veterinarian to check the microchip during your regular visits. Most importantly, always make sure your contact information (phone numbers and address) is up-to-date in the pet registry.

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