Microchipping for Pets

Microchips are a great way to increase the chances of you finding your lost pet. It is very common for pets to be adventurous and wander around their environment. This doesn’t mean that you are an irresponsible pet parent – all it takes is a fleeting moment for your pet to get away and become lost. These devices are a must-have for all pets. They are like your insurance or back-up plan in the event of any emergency.

How do microchips work? Are they like GPS?

Microchips do not work like GPS. They cannot track the location of your pet. Microchips are small computer chips inserted below the skin on your pet’s neck. The chip is registered to a database where your information is kept. To access this information a microchip reader will scan the area and transmit your pet’s ID number from the database.

How are microchips different from ID tags?

Microchips and ID tags increase the chance of a reunion with your lost pet. Microchips do not expire and therefore do not need to be changed. They can be read by a scanner at a shelter or veterinary hospital. Even if you change addresses, you can update your information. An ID tag on the other hand can easily be lost or damaged making it more difficult to find your pet.

Is microchipping painful for my pet?

Your pet experiences little to no pain when the chip is implanted. Your furry friend will not need any anesthesia as it is over within minutes.

Last updated: August 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. Based on the current provincial changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • We ask that you continue to wear a mask when entering our hospital. To maintain social distancing, we are currently only allowing one person per exam room during appointments, with certain exceptions.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication.
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
    Friday: 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Elmwood Veterinary Hospital