Microchipping FAQs

Our Veterinarians In Etobicoke Are Answering A Few Frequently Asked Questions About Microchipping

Richview Animal Hospital in Etobicoke is one of the top veterinary practices in the area. We offer a range of services, from microchipping to pet surgery, to help your beloved animal stay healthy for as long as possible. Microchipping is one of the most common procedures that we perform. It is quick and nearly painless for your furry pet. Getting your companion animal microchipped greatly increases the likelihood that it will be recovered safely if he or she gets lost. Many of our pet owners have questions about microchipping, and we are answering a few frequently asked questions about the procedure that is beneficial for all pets.


How Is the Microchip Implanted?

The microchip itself is only the size of a grain of rice and is injected into your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades, using a hypodermic needle. This part of the process takes about 10 to 30 seconds to complete.

Will My Pet Be in Pain?

The injection will cause your pet a little discomfort, similar to when he or she receives a vaccination shot or blood drawn, but it will not last long.

Is It Permanent?

The microchip normally lasts a lifetime due to the biocompatible materials it contains. It does not require batteries or any power source to remain active. It is only triggered when a veterinarian or animal shelter personnel searches the chip with a scanner.

How Can My Pet Be Identified?

If your beloved companion is lost and taken to a veterinary hospital or shelter, he or she will be scanned for a microchip. If your pet has one, an identification number will appear on the scanner. That number will then be entered into a national database to search for your contact information. Afterward, you will be contacted to be reunited with your pet.

Contact Us Today for An Appointment

Here at the Richview Animal Hospital, we encourage pet owners in Etobicoke and surrounding vicinities to microchip their pets. This procedure is simple, inexpensive, and quick, and very beneficial if your pet becomes lost or stolen. If you have more questions about the microchipping process, please don't hesitate to contact us through our website or by giving us a call at 416-245-8805. We can give you the information you need and help you make an appointment at a convenient time.

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