Microchipping for Pets

No pet owner wants to think about their pet getting lost. It’s important to take preventative measures before that happens to ensure your pet will make it home safely. Microchipping is the process of implanting your pet with a small device to help us find them if they ever get lost. It’s a pet-friendly and safe way to identify them. Our team wants to be able to equip your family with all the tools you need to keep your pet safe. Although we hope your pet never becomes lost, we want you to be prepared. We can also help you put a plan in place so if your pet does go missing, you’ll be able to act quickly.

What is microchipping?

Microchipping is a permanent tool that allows us to identify your pet if they are lost. It’s a one-time procedure with lifelong effects. The microchip is a small, rice-grain shaped device placed under your pet’s loose skin at the back of their neck or shoulder. We can microchip dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, birds, and other companion animals, too! Contact us at 604-824-5848 to schedule an appointment.

How does pet microchipping work?

If a lost pet is found without an ID tag, a handheld microchip scanner is used to check for a microchip. If the pet has one, a low-frequency radio wave is transmitted to the scanner and detects the pet’s ID number. This ID number is linked to the pet owner’s information and the owner will be contacted after the chip manufacturer provides their contact information.

I’m very careful with my pet. Do I still need to get them microchipped?

It is difficult to guarantee your pet will never get lost, no matter how careful you are. It only takes a second for your pet to run through a gate left open or break free from their leash. It’s best to take preventive steps to ensure you’ll be able to find your pet if they get lost.

Besides microchipping, what else can I do?

Collars and ID tags are a great way to help identify your pet, in addition to microchipping. Make sure your pet’s ID tags include up-to-date contact information to ensure they can make it home to you faster if they are lost. However, collars and ID tags are not permanent and can be removed or misplaced by your pet. With a microchip, your pet will have a much better chance of being identified and returned to you.



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Last updated: April 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these 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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 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 Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5 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 Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic