Microchipping a Dog

A microchip is a very important form of identification for your dog. A microchip is the size of a grain of rice, that is implanted under the skin, between your dog’s shoulder blades. Often times, a microchip is mistaken for a form of ‘GPS tracking.’ In order for the microchip to function properly, the owner must ensure that they keep their phone number and address current with the company that they are registered to, so if your dog goes missing and is brought into either a veterinary clinic or a shelter by a citizen, the identification number that is scanned will be able to be connected to your information for the safe retrieval of your pet.

Why is it important to ensure my dog is microchipped?

Microchipping is a way to identify your pet if they happen to get lost or stolen. This method of tracking is great to use, as the implant is placed underneath their skin and cannot be lost, or removed like a collar can.

How does a microchip work and is it safe?

Microchipping works by implanting a small chip that is the size of a grain of rice under the skin at the back of the neck.  This procedure can be performed while your pet is awake at any visit to the hospital. However, some owners prefer to have this procedure done when their pet is in for their spay/neuter procedure, as they are already under anesthesia and will not even feel the injection when the chip is placed. Any pets that are found by animal services, or brought into a veterinary facility, will always be checked for a microchip.

The device placed is safe and does not create any harm to your pet. They do not even know it has been placed, nor does it bother them after the procedure. Remember the most important part of your pet’s microchip functioning optimally is keeping your personal information up to date with the microchip company, so that if your pet is found you will be contacted quickly.

How much does it cost to microchip a dog?

This procedure provides you and your pet with a safety net if an unfortunate situation arises, a piece of mind that your pet is traceable back to you is priceless! Please contact us at 905-451-2000 and we will be more than happy to assist you!


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North Town Veterinary Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, North Town Veterinary Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community we are limiting the amount of clients permitted inside of our building. We have initiated a semi- open door policy to allow one person inside the hospital while your pet is here for a scheduled exam. One person is also permitted inside the hospital for surgical drop offs. Our emergency services remain closed door to clients as our building does not allow for proper social distancing while waiting for the veterinarian. Please call 905-451-2000 when you arrive for your appointment, surgical drop off or emergency service to gain further direction from one of our team members. You can also place an order for pet food through our Online Store by visiting our website.


- If possible, please call us at 905-451-2000 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 905-451-2000, and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.