Why microchip your dog or cat?

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Why have his dog or cat microchipped?

In some cities in Quebec, the microchipping of animals is compulsory or in the process of becoming so.

Veterinarians and shelter managers tout microchipping pets. A permanent identification method, which can be very useful when pitou and kitty are lost.

All animals should be microchipped. It's essential, considers Dr. Anne Fortin, veterinarian in Quebec, while reassuring hesitant owners.

She talks about a simple, quick and safe intervention for the animal. . From what she observes, reluctance is rare.

In recent years, we see that it is something that is more and more popular. This is a method that is increasingly used, she says.

Microchipping your dog or cat means implanting a tiny capsule the size of a grain of rice between the two shoulder blades, at the base of the neck, on the upper back. It's a place where it's easy to give an injection, there's a lot of skin, says the veterinarian.

It takes as little time as an injection for a vaccine .

The capsule contains a computer chip with a 15-digit serial number associated in an electronic database with the contact details of the owner of the dog or cat (which can be updated according to adoptions and moves). /p>

Microchipping makes it possible to identify the owner(s) of an animal while throughout his life.

When a microchip reader is brought near the area, the animal's microchip is activated. It does not emit permanently harmful waves for its health, specifies Dr. Fortin. microchip, it's not a GPS. This is not a way to locate your animal.

When a four-legged friend arrives at the Quebec SPA, it is immediately scanned, with the hope of seeing it appear on the reader the famous serial number.

If the animal can return to its family the same day, the owners will be happy, the animal will be less stressed and we will avoid having to take care of another animal. So everyone wins, says Félix Tremblay.

Anne Fortin agrees.

Lost animals when they have no permanent identification, it is sometimes not easy to find the owners. If we are able to solve this problem at the source, so much the better. It avoids a lot of stress. Losing your animal is not fun.

Dogs and cats are animals most often microchipped, but it is also possible to identify horses or even birds in this way.

No need to make an appointment with a veterinarian to have your doggie or tomcat microchipped. People from the SPA and shelters can take care of it. Animal health technicians are also authorized to perform these injections.

Municipalities also organize special operations. The City of Quebec offers, Sunday, a microchipping clinic for which it was necessary to register in advance. Already at the beginning of July, she had led one. The 500 places available had all been reserved.

In Quebec, the microchipping of pets is mandatory in Montreal and Laval and it will be as of next year, in Amos. In the Capitale-Nationale, it has become one for cats only (in addition to their sterilization), since January 1.

On October 19, the SPA de Québec organized a free day for small animals. It was overflowing with rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, gerbils and pet rats. It was possible to get some for free on site, but only at that time.

Félix Tremblay, the general manager of the refuge, draws a mixed assessment of this initiative .

All in all, we managed to place 17 small animals. We had about 50. That allowed us to solve the problem temporarily. But even today, we are in a situation roughly similar to that of last week, he says.

Félix Tremblay explains that in general, small animals stay at the shelter for several weeks before being adopted, while he and his team collect at least ten a week. Very quickly, the limit of their reception capacity is reached.

Between what comes in and what comes out, there is a clear imbalance, he says.

Free Days are not intended to become recurring at the SPA de Québec. Félix Tremblay is convinced that they must remain exceptional.

If we use it all over the place, it will no longer have any impact. The other danger is that people wait for free days to adopt.

Currently, the Quebec SPA houses 150 animals, all species combined, on its premises. from the avenue Galilee. She has as many in foster care.

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