Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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A tag machine used for microchipping.

Microchipping a Dog

Microchipping your animal is another means of permanent identification. It is a small chip the size of a grain of rice that is placed just beneath your animal’s skin. If your animal ever goes missing and they do not have a collar on, they can always be scanned if found and brought into an animal shelter or animal hospital.

Why is it a good idea to microchip my dog?


Microchipping is a very common form of identification. A lot of pets go missing that aren’t wearing any identification. It is a great idea to have this done because it is a sure way to identify your pet and get them home to you. When animals are brought into a veterinary clinic or picked up by animal control, this is the first thing that is checked.

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


Implanting a microchip is quite quick and very safe. It is implanted with a larger needle under the skin between the shoulder blades.

How much does it cost to microchip a dog?


For pricing, please contact the hospital and we will be happy to provide you with a quote.

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Last updated: June 26, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:

Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


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!

- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital