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Microchipping for Pets

Microchipping is a great form of security for both cats and dogs. You can never predict when your pet will wander off through an open gate or break away from their leash at the park, never to return. Without a microchip your pet could become a stray and possibly adopted into a new family. When a microchip is implanted in your pet, it significantly lessens the possibility of being permanently separated from them.

How do pet microchips work?

Many people believe that microchips work like GPS and can tell the current location of pets. This is not true. A microchip is a small computer chip that has a barcode number connected to a database. When the chip is implanted in the scruff or back-neck area of the pet, the owner, with the help of a veterinarian, uploads their contact information in the system. When the area where the chip is implanted is scanned, it reads the barcode which is linked to the owner’s information. From there, the veterinary hospital or shelter where your pet was scanned will reach out to you about your pet being found. To schedule an appointment for your furry pal call us at 403.936.4571.

How are microchips different from ID tags?

ID tags and microchips work better when used together. They perform the same tasks but microchips are a permanent secondary form of security. This means that unlike ID tags, a microchip will never get lost or need replacements as it is not battery operated or on the outside of their body.

Is microchipping painful for my pet?

No, not at all. The needle used to implant microchips is very small and feels like a pinch to your loyal companion. It’s similar to getting regular vaccines and doesn’t require sedation.

Last updated: Sept 17, 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!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • 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. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    4. 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 Langdon Veterinary Clinic