Pet Doctor 911 offers microchipping services for nearly every type of animal we care for. A microchip implant is an integrated circuit placed under the skin of a dog, cat, horse, parrot or other animal that can help identify the animal when scanned with a portable hand scanner.

The chip, about the size of a large grain of rice, uses passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology, and is also known as a PIT tag (for Passive Integrated Transponder) .

Animal shelters, animal control officers and veterinarians routinely look for microchips to return lost pets quickly to their owners, avoiding expenses for housing, food, medical care, outplacing and euthanasia. Many shelters place chips in all outplaced animals.

Microchips are also used by kennels, breeders, brokers, trainers, registries, rescue groups, humane societies, clinics, farms, stables, animal clubs and associations, researchers, and pet stores.

Microchips can also be used to activate some pet doors programmed to recognize specific animals.

Pet Doctor 911 maintains a registry of all animals we microchip and we serve as the contact for the national registries. This ensures your lost pet is recovered in the event you move, change phone numbers or other contact information and forget to update the national registries.

In dogs and cats, chips are usually inserted below the skin at the back of the neck between the shoulder blades. Thin layers of connective tissue form around the implant and hold it in place.

Birds are implanted in their breast muscles. Proper restraint is necessary so the operation requires either two people (an avian veterinarian and a veterinary technician) or general anesthesia.

Many animal species have been microchipped, including cockatiels and other parrots, horses, llamas, alpacas, goats, sheep, miniature pigs, rabbits, deer, ferrets, penguins, snakes, lizards, alligators, turtles, toads, frogs, rare fish, chimpanzees, mice, and prairie dogs—even whales and elephants. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uses microchipping in its research of wild bison, black-footed ferrets, grizzly bears, elk, white-tailed deer, giant land tortoises and armadillos.

Call us and schedule an appointment to have your pet microchipped. It is a small investment that will bring peace of mind and help your recover your pets if ever lost.