Microchip Identification, Nail

Trims, and Anal Gland Expressions

Microchip Identification

Even the most responsible pet owners cannot guarantee that their pet will not get lost.  A leash could break or slip out of your hand, a pet could push through a screen door or window, or a contractor or friend might accidentally leave a door or gate open.

We recommend that you use a microchip, along with a collar and ID tag, to identify your pet.  ID tags alone are not enough to ensure that lost pets are returned home safely.  Every day pets who usually wear ID tags are lost without their identification.  They can remove collars, ID tags can fall-off or become illegible, or pets may not be wearing their collars when they go missing.  


Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet in case he or she becomes lost.  A microchip, which is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice, is placed just under the loose skin at the back of the neck.  When a lost pet without an ID tag is found, a handheld microchip scanner is used to check for a chip.  If the pet has one, it will transmit an ID number to the scanner through a low-frequency radio wave.  The chip number is them matched to the owner and the owner is contacted by the microchip manufacturer.  Microchipping is safe, affordable, and is the best way to ensure pets are returned home should they become lost. 

Nail Trims

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Our skilled veterinary technicians do nail trims, or “pawdicures” as we like to call them!  Regular nail trims are critical to avoid issues such as painful ingrown nails, overgrown nails, and torn nails.  These conditions can cause pets to walk improperly, putting unnecessary strain on joints and the spine.  Left untreated nail conditions can require antibiotics and in some cases, surgical removal. 

Our prices are on par with what groomers charge.  Additionally, we have a "Frequent Flyer" nail trim card which means that every eight nail trim is free!     

Anal Gland Expressions

If your pet is frequently licking his or her bottom, or is scooting his or her bottom on the floor, an anal gland expression may be necessary.  This involves manually squeezing the anal glands in order to release built-up liquid which was not released naturally during bowel movements.  Anal gland expressions are important to your pet's health.  Inflamed anal glands cause significant discomfort and if not expressed, lead to infection.  Our veterinarians and veterinary technicians routinely and safely perform anal gland expressions on both canines and felines.