Microchipping 101

Microchipping 101

Microchipping your pet is now mandatory in some Quebec towns. Here’s everything you need to know about this innovative technology.

August 14, 2023

As of January 1, 2020, all cats and dogs in Montreal must be microchipped by their owners. This novel procedure could save you some worry … on the day your pet decides to head out without warning.

What is a microchip?
Measuring just a few millimetres, a microchip is inserted underneath your pet’s skin, in between their shoulder blades. Each microchip carries a unique identification number which is linked via a database to the owner’s contact information. Microchips are hypoallergenic, durable and present no danger to animals. For your pet, having one implanted will feel like receiving a vaccination.

Why microchip?
While a microchip won’t allow you to geolocalize an animal, it does allow you to identify their owner. If ever your pet is brought to a shelter, the microchip reader will easily detect the presence of a microchip and its identification number, making it possible for you to reunite. Unlike a collar, a microchip won’t fall off as it remains under an animal’s skin for the rest of their life. Microchips are especially practical for identifying cats, as they can be hard to tell apart.

The advantages of microchipping have been well proven: it’s obligatory in some municipalities, such as Montreal and Laval, while Quebec City is currently evaluating the program, and Cowansville has voted to adopt microchipping as of January 1, 2022.

Where can you have your pet microchipped?
Veterinarians and animal health technicians are uniquely equipped to safely implant microchips. The procedure costs $45 at the Montreal SPCA and up to $70 in veterinary clinics. Several animal charities provide the service at low cost.

You’re thinking of adopting an animal? When you adopt through the SPCA, your pet will be dewormed, sterilized and microchipped.

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