Microchips can help your lost pet find its way home. The universal product that we use is the AKC microchip. The chip is injected into the scruff of your pet between the shoulder blades. This injection is no more uncomfortable than any other injection or vaccine. As an option, we offer microchipping at the time your pet is under anesthesia. After the purchase of your pet’s microchip, a one time registration fee is required. You can do this by mail or online.


Licensing your pet with the county is important and can also help the county know where your pet lives if it is lost. Another benefit is that licensed cats and dogs are held much longer at animal shelters (10 days) than unlicensed animals, which must be held for only four days before being made available for adoption or put down. Unfortunately, sometimes owners of unlicensed pets return from a vacation to find that their animal ran away from a caretaker and was either adopted or worse at a local animal shelter.

In the City of Moorpark, pet owners are required to license both their dogs AND cats with Ventura County Animal Regulation. The receptionists at Moorpark Vet are able to help you license your pet. You will need to bring a check for payment and make sure that your pet is vaccinated against rabies.

Health Certificates

Health certificates are often required by airlines when taking your pet on an airplane trip. Your pet will be examined by a doctor and if it is considered safe to travel, a special set of forms will be filled out and signed. It is important to check with your airline for specific travel requirements and timelines. Please bring the destination address to your pet’s appointment for completion of the forms.

Several of my dogs have significant other issues that put them at increased risk for anesthesia — and yet their teeth have to be cleaned. While I may anxiously wait for the text or call that lets me know everything went well, I know they are getting expert and attentive care.

- Marta Granstedt, client since 1995