All About the Pet Microchip

Pet identification is important. There are various ways you can identify your pet including a collar, tag and/or pet microchip. Pet microchips are especially useful because many lost pets can also lose their collars.

How Pet Microchips Work

A microchip is small (about the size of a grain of rice), compact and easily inserted under the skin. When a microchip scanner is used to scan a dog or cat with a microchip, a unique number will come up which identifies your pet.

Are Pet Microchips Worth It?

A pet microchip is worth it if there is ever a chance your dog or cat could be separated from you, lost or get out. Things do happen.

Can You Feel Your Pet’s Microchip?

Some clients ask if you can feel a microchip. The answer is that it depends.

You can sometimes feel a microchip in some small dogs and cats that are thin with short hair coats. The pet microchip is generally placed over the shoulder blades and is about the size of a grain of rice. When the microchip is placed in slightly deeper tissues, you cannot feel it. When placed more superficial, you can feel it. Some pet microchips will migrate and move to areas over the chest wall. There can be less fat in these areas making them easier to feel on small dogs.

How and Where Are Pet Microchips Placed?

Pet microchips are most often placed using a large syringe over the shoulder blades. This is just behind the head, over the scruff of the neck. Placement generally causes very little pain and is very well tolerated by most pets.

Who Implants Microchips?

Most veterinary clinics and shelters will provide microchip service. Call your local vet or shelter to determine if they do this procedure and the cost.

What Care Does a Microchip Require?

The pet microchip requires no care or maintenance.

What are the Side Effects of Getting a Pet Microchip?

Side effects are very uncommon. After implanting the microchip, there can be some bleeding at the site of injection (just as you would with any injection). It would be possible to have hair loss or an infection but these are very uncommon.


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