August 15th is National Check Your Microchip Day; do you have one in your pet as a great form of ID?

What is a Microchip, and Where Does It Go?
Microchips are small devices that are implanted under your pet’s skin. Each one has its own number that links your pet to you. Whichever company they are registered with will have your information on file along with your pet’s information and the microchip number. If your pet were to get lost and be taken to another vet clinic or humane society, the people there can scan your pet and know who they are and who they need to return to, after checking with the microchip supply company. At this point, you will be contacted to arrange to reconnect you with your furry friend.

Which Microchip Company to Choose?
All microchips regardless of the company, work the same way. Here at the clinic, we use EIDAP which use ISO Chips.

Why Does This Matter?
ISO chips are internationally recognized, so if you travel to another country with your pet, and their chip can be scanned. ISO chips have 15 digits compared to others that only have 9-10 digits. If your pet is microchipped with one that is only 9-10 digits, it is not recognized elsewhere. You can check out EIDAP for more information on the ISO standards.

Why Microchip? What About Tattoos or ID Tags?
Microchipping is a permanent and tamper-proof form of identification. It is still a good idea to put a visible ID Tag on your pet, but they can be removed or fall off. Tattoos were a good option before microchipping, but just like our own tattoos, they can fade over time and be difficult to read.

How Is It Done?
The microchip is implanted under the skin using a large needle. Here at Manitou, we offer microchipping at a discount if it is done at the same time as a spay, neuter, or any other surgery that requires general anesthesia. Though it can be done while your pet is awake, it is a bit uncomfortable. Once the procedure is completed, we will get your info to the company and have you all registered up. You will be sent home with an ID tag as well as some paperwork to contact the company if you move, change your number, or want to add additional information onto your profile with them.

If you are interested in getting your pet chipped for permanent identification, done hesitate to call into the clinic and we can set it up.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 519.893.1360.

Written by: Alisa Weaver, RVT



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Dear Clients,


At Manitou Animal Hospital our primary goal is to care for your beloved pets. By extension, this means keeping you as a pet parent healthy as well. Many of you have already recently visited the hospital and have personally experienced the additional safety procedures we have put in place to ensure the well-being of you and your pets using our “closed waiting room” policy.

Our "closed waiting room" policy:

  1. When you arrive in the parking lot, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 519-893-1360. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns.
  2. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination.
    We ask that you remain in the parking lot and keep your phone turned on.
  3. The Veterinarian will call you once the physical exam is complete to discuss the recommended treatment plan.
  4. We encourage credit card over the phone as the preferred payment method. We can also accept e-transfer.
  5. A staff member will bring your pet and any medications back outside to you.

During the coming months and as long as COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community we at Manitou will continue to offer our services using these enhanced safety procedures, including the curbside and closed waiting room service model. For the health and safety of everyone, we will not be able to have you accompany your pet(s) into the clinic for procedures at this time. We unfortunately would just not be able to meet proper physical distancing requirements and ensure your safety and our team's.

We typically have a significant number of clients [100+] visit our clinic daily whether it be for medication, food or for a visit with the veterinarian or vet technician. Space in the front room and the exam rooms is very small, a well documented factor for increased risk of COVID transmission. If everyone were to come inside our clinic, even with masks on, it would significantly increase the risk of COVID exposure to each client entering the clinic as well as our staff. We are simply not willing to risk the health of you, your family and our staff. We know that with continued effort we will get through this together. We sincerely appreciate your patience and help in working with us during these challenging times.

Until then, we promise to give each and every one of your pets the very best care and a ton of hugs and kisses when they are in for a visit. We always treat them as if they were one of our own and look forward to seeing them!


Your dedicated care team at Manitou Animal Hospital


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED