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Microchipping for Cats

Whether you are a lifelong cat owner or are a first-time cat parent, you already know how quick and sly they can be. All it takes is a few seconds for a cat to get away from their home and become lost. Collars or tags are a decent enough option, but they can come off or they can wear down. These days, microchips are your best bet at a happy reunion. Call us at 250.475.2287 to learn more.

How do pet microchips work?

Microchips are small grain-sized devices where we can store your contact info and your pet’s vital health info. It can be scanned by veterinary teams like ours or animal shelters in the event your pet is found. This way, if your cat is lost, those who find them will have a way of reaching out to you. It is not like a GPS in the sense that it will not give you a real-time picture of your pet’s location. Pet microchips work mostly like a permanent and digital ID.

Do indoor cats need to be microchipped?

Yes! It is always best to be prepared for the unexpected. Even if your cat is exclusively an indoor cat, they can still escape through an open door or window. Other factors such as natural disasters or emergencies can also potentially separate you from your indoor cat.

Are there side effects to microchipping a cat?

Not at all. The microchip is made of material that is compatible with your cat’s body, and designed to stay intact all throughout their life. Inserting the chip itself is also painless. It will feel like any other injection and most pets do not need any anesthesia during the process. Minor redness and swelling is normal around the insertion site but will subside within a matter of hours or days. The chip is typically placed under your cat’s skin, in between their shoulder blades.

Last Updated: August 20, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made 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!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • For your safety, and the safety of our staff and community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. Upon arrival, please call us from your vehicle for further instructions.
  • Place your cat (in carrier) on the wicker table by the front door. Step back 6-feet to the designated yellow line or yellow boxes. A team member will retrieve your cat and obtain information from you. Please wear a mask at all times when engaging with our team members.
  • One of our veterinarians will examine your cat either over the phone in the exam room with large window for your viewing or as a drop off. Questions and concerns will be addressed over the phone and treatment plan arranged.
  • Continue the use of credit cards and e-transfers 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".
  • If you are ill and/or showing symptoms: fever, dry cough, respiratory issues, chest pain or traveled in the last 2 weeks, please call us to reschedule your appointment OR have a friend or family member (not residing in your house) bring your cat in.

    3. OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
    Tuesday: 7:30am - 7:00pm
    Saturday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    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!

    - Your dedicated team at Pacific Cat Clinic