Deer Run Animal Hospital

308 E. US Hwy 30
Schererville, IN 46375


Microchipping Could Save Your Pet's Life! 


  Protect your Pet with a Microchip! 

It only takes a few minutes to microchip your pet!  
The $59.50 cost includes the microchip, placement, and lifetime registration.

We recommend and provide AVID Microchipping!  Microchipping can save lives and ensure your pet is returned safely should the worst happen and your pet is lost.  Visit the website below for more information.

AVID Microchip

 FAQs About Microchipping

What Is A Microchip?
The microchip is a tiny computer chip, about the size of a grain of rice, that is programmed with an identification number.  The chip is enclosed in a biocompatible glass and is small enough to fit in a hypodermic needle.  Once an animal is injected with a chip, it can be identified throughout its life with this one-of-a-kind number.

What Is The Benefit Of Microchipping My Pet?
Microchips are permanent and cannot be lost, altered, or destroyed.  Pet owner's have been reunited with chipped pets that have been missing for years, or that have traveled thousands of miles.

How Does Microchip Identification Work?
A special scanner is used to send a radio signal to the chip to read the idenification number.  The pet feels nothing when the scanner is placed over it.  The number is displayed on the scanner, and the person reading the scanner can contact a national registry to find out the owners information.

How Is The Microchip Implanted?
Microchips are implanted with a hypodermic needle placed beneath the skin between the shoulder blades.  They cannot be felt or seen.

How Early Can Puppies And Kittens Be Injected With a Microchip?
Young pets can be microchipped as early as 6-8 weeks of age.  At Deer Run Animal Hospital microchips can be placed at any time, even without anesthesia. Even small dogs and cats tolerate the placement of the microchip without discomfort.  However many clients as us to place them at the time of spay and neuter.

How Long Does The Microchip Last?
The microchip has no power supply, battery, or moving parts, and it is designed to last the life of the pet.  Once injected, the microchip is anchored in place as a thin layer of connective tissue forms around it.  It requires no care and will not pass through or out of the body.

Does Implanting The Microchip Hurt My Pet?
Most pets react to microchip placement in about the same way as they would to any other shot or vaccination.  The microchip do not contain anything that will burn or irritate tissue, it is completely biocompatible.

Could My Pet Be Allergic To The Microchip?
The microchip is sterile, inert, smooth, non-toxic, and non-allergic.  Microchip companies reporet there is virtually no chance of the body developing an allergy to the chip, or rejecting the chip.

If A Veterinary Clinic Or Animal Shelter Finds A Pet With A Microchip, How Will They Know Who To Call?
Animal Shelters and veterinarians are finding chips in more and more pets.  They are aware of the national registries to call if a microchip is found, and routinely contact them to obtain the owner information associated with the detected number from the chip.

I Have Tiny Toy Breeds, Can I Still Have Microchips Implanted In My Toy Dogs?
Absolutely!  Puppies can be chipped as early as 6 weeks if desired.  The same size microchip (the size of a grain of rice) and needle are used in exotic pets even smaller than puppies including mice, baby birds, and even fish!

How Do I Update Information In The Registration?
After your pet is chipped, you will be given information about how to contact the National Registry to update your information.  Remember to do this whenever you change your phone numbers or address!

Do Shelters Scan Animals For Microchips?
Yes, scanning pets for microchips has become routine standard practice at most shelters and animal control centers.

Many ask if a Microchip can track a pet's movements?  No microchips do not work that way, however there are GPS tracking products for pets.  Here is an example  Pettracker GPS.