Dog getting checked for a microchip

Microchipping for Pets

These days, microchipping is one of the many tools that pet owners have to help keep their furry family members safe. When it comes to pets, accidents can happen no matter how careful you are about supervising them. Pets are naturally curious creatures and in just a single moment, they can get away and become lost. If they are microchipped, your chances of being reunited with them increase tremendously. Is your pet not yet microchipped? Have you recently adopted a furry friend and are unsure if they have already gone through the procedure? For these and other questions about microchipping, don’t hesitate to call our team and we will be happy to help you with your inquiries.

What does it mean if a pet is microchipped?

Basically, a microchip is a small device that contains your pet’s vital details and your own personal contact information. The microchips can be scanned to reveal the information that it contains. So, if your pet gets lost and is found by an animal rescue shelter or another veterinary hospital, they will be able to scan the microchip and have a way to notify you about your pet’s whereabouts.

Is microchipping safe for dogs and cats?

For sure! Manufacturers have designed the chip to be 100% compatible with your pet’s body. It is quite small and is similar to the size of just one grain of rice. When inserting the microchip, your pet does not even need to be put under anesthesia. The procedure is similar in sensation to getting a regular injection or vaccine shot.

Do pet microchips need to be renewed?

No. Microchips are designed to last for your pet’s entire lifetime. Once inserted, they do not need to be replaced or refurbished in any way.

Last updated: December 21, 2021

Dear Clients,

For the safety of our staff and clients, we have implemented a “Closed Door Policy” which means our clinic doors are no longer open to the public.Here is what that means for you:

  • We ask that on arrival for your appointment you call us (902)564-8356 Sydney and let us know you are in the parking lot
  • A member of our team will then take a history on your pet by phone, they will then meet you at our front door to take your pet inside while you return to your car
  • Your veterinarian will perform an examination of your pet and then call you with exam findings and any suggested treatment plans
  • Any necessary medications will be prepared in the clinic for you, and will be sent with your pet when we are ready to send them home
  • Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone or by payment at the door
  • All food and drug orders are still required to be called in beforehand and prepaid over the phone
  • All future updates will be posted on social media as our situation with COVID-19 in our province is constantly changing
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney. With the implementation of this closed door policy, it is a longer process so we ask for your patience and co-operation during this time

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed


    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 Animal Medical Centre