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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Microchipping a Dog

Microchips are a type of permanent identification that can not be altered. Veterinary hospitals, animal shelters and animal control officers have scanners that can help them locate the owner of a stray animal if they scan the microchip. The number is registered to the owner, which allows them to be contacted.

Why is it a good idea to microchip my dog?


A microchip is a permanent form of identification. It does not fade and can not be lost. Wherever life takes you and your dog, your microchip will follow.

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


A microchip has a registration number that is unique to your pet. The rice-sized chip is implanted under the skin with a needle. It is safe and not any more painful than getting a vaccination. Microchipping can be done awake or during an anesthetic procedure.

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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Why Does My Dog Walk Around in Circles Before They Lay Down?

Circling around before lying down is likely a residual instinct from when their ancestors lived out in the wilderness. Your dog’s ancestors would have paced in circles to flatten down and warm their sleeping area.

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Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital