Fluffy white dog getting microchipped

Microchipping a Dog

Microchipping is a form of identification for your pet. A small ID chip the size of a grain of rice is inserted under the skin. This unique identification number is then linked to the owner’s contact information. In the event that your pet is lost, brought to a shelter or to a veterinary clinic by another person, the microchip can be scanned. Then, the company will be contacted to retrieve the owner’s information. Keeping your contact information up to date is vital for a quick reunion.

Why is it a good idea to microchip my dog?

In the event that your pet is lost, the microchip can provide a quick and easy way for your pet to be returned to their loving home.

How does microchipping work, and is it safe for my dog?

A microchip ID can be scanned using a microchip scanning device at any clinic or shelter. It can help quickly identify and return your pet safely to you. Microchips are a simple injection under the skin and have no known long-term health effects.

How much does it cost to microchip a dog?

For more information, kindly give us a call at one of our three locations, and one of our team members will be happy to assist you!


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Last updated: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We will now see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.

Beginning June 29, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:



If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


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.


Merritt Animal Hospital:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dresden Veterinary Clinic:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Sydenham River Veterinary Office:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your D.M.S Group Veterinary Team