Microchipping for Pets

Microchips help us find your cherished pet if they get lost. They are permanent pet identification devices, which means your pet will only need a microchip implanted once to guarantee a lifetime of protection. Microchipping is one of the only identification methods that ensures your pet will make it home back to you. Though we might not want to consider our pet going missing, it’s important to take preventative measures for their safety.

What is a microchip?

A microchip is a small rice grain-sized device implanted into your pet via a needle. It is usually placed in between their shoulder blades. The procedure only takes a few minutes and is relatively painless. Except for the pinch of the needle entering their body, your pet will barely flinch before the procedure is over. Our veterinarians are skilled at implanting microchips, making the process as seamless as possible. Your pet doesn’t need to be under anesthesia for the procedure. We provide permanent tattoo identification too!

Is it like a GPS?

No, not quite. Microchips are detectable by special handheld devices used by veterinarians and animal shelters’ workers. Once the microchip is scanned, the device provides information about the chip’s manufacturer and identification number. The manufacturer will be able to provide your contact information, if your registration info is up-to-date. Microchipping is the first step but ensuring your contact info is current is something to always keep in mind. We want to ensure your pet is not added to the list of unclaimed pets who end up in shelters each year.

My pet already has tags. Why do they need a microchip?

Tags are a great addition to getting your pet microchipped. Though no form of pet identification can 100% guarantee their safety, combining multiple kinds can be helpful if your pet gets lost. The most important info you can include on your pet’s tags is a current phone number. For cats who tend to do lots of climbing, we recommend a breakaway collar with their tags. If your pet does not have a microchip, please contact us at 403.335.3519.

Last updated: April 5, 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!


  • 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 - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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 Didsbury Veterinary Services