Microchip Implants: For The Proper Identification Of Your Pet

Is it necessary to have a microchip implanted in my cat, dog or exotic pet?

At Duvernay Veterinary Hospital, we recommend using a microchip implant as a form of permanent identification of your pet.


Please note that by January 1, 2019, the city of Laval will require that all cats and dogs living on the Laval territory bear this form of identification.


What Is a Microchip?

A microchip is a small transceiver about the size of a grain of rice. With a syringe, the microchip is placed under the skin of an animal, between the shoulder blades. The intervention is performed by the veterinary and is quick and painless and poses no danger to your pet companion. A chip reader is needed to scan the microchip’s alphanumeric code. It is important to note that each microchip has its own alphanumeric code.


How Does a Microchip Implant Work?

At our hospital, we always follow the same steps when placing a microchip. First, a reading of the chip is made prior the installation to make sure it is functional and that the number is the same with it's form. Then, the microchip is placed using a special type of syringe that holds the microchip. This syringe is sterile. Finally, the site where the microchip was implanted is scanned to make sure everything is in working order.


The owner will have to fill out a form so that we can open a file linked to the microchip’s alphanumeric code. This form includes all relevant information on the animal and its owner. The owner is responsible for keeping the information up to date which allows us to find a pet’s owner easily.


Feel free to click here for more information on the importance of microchip identification, or contact us directly for more information. Duvernay Veterinary Hospital is located in Laval and is open from Monday to Saturday.