pugAccidents happen, no matter how hard we try to prevent them. Doors get left open, dogs dig under fences, leashes get dropped, and pets can escape despite our best intentions. Though you register and ID your pet, these steps alone don’t fully protect your pet if they should become lost. Pet microchips help owners to promptly and safely locate their dog or cat; reducing their risk of being stolen or tragically killed.

At Dr. Norm’s Animal Hospital, we make microchipping your dog or cat is a simple and quick procedure. We inject the microchip beneath the skin of your pet, usually between the shoulder blades. The actual size of the chip is no bigger than a grain of rice, and never moves once in place. The procedure is similar to a regular shot and is no more painful than a vaccination and anesthetics are not needed. Microchips are read by a handheld scanner; when passed over the surface of the chip a unique code is transmitted and your pet can be identified. When the chip is placed you are given a chip number and can register all your pet’s information online. This way, vets and animal protection officers all over the country has the ability to return your pet to you..

Even with the security of a microchip, Dr. Norm’s Animal Hospital still encourages people to tag and a collar their pets at all times. Animals can be unpredictable, and they may not always have the ability to get home on their own.