All of us at Northgate Animal Hospital strongly recommend all pets be microchipped, even indoor cats. A microchip is your pet’s permanent ID and, in the event your pet is separated from you, it may be your only means of being reunited with him or her.
We can microchip your dog or cat during any routine visit, during a spay/neuter surgery, or a dental procedure. It is a simple procedure and no anesthetic is required. We place a tiny microchip underneath your pet’s skin that contains your contact information. Once the microchip is inserted, it permanently remains in place and your pet is identified for life. During your visit we can also scan them to see if they already have a microchip and to make sure the microchip is functioning.
Each tiny microchip is encoded with unique information about your pet. This information is entered into a national database. Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country are equipped with special scanners capable of detecting and reading microchips. If your pet is lost, his or her microchip is scanned, and the information is used to reunite you and your best friend.
You can also use the Pet Microchip Lookup web site to find a dog’s owner based on the microchip number, independent of the microchipping company, and to check your pet’s microchip information in case you move.