Ask A Vet: Where are dog microchips implanted?

Ask A Vet: Where are dog microchips implanted?

Many people have pet microchips implanted in their pups for their identification. We know it looks like the process and implantation are painful, and many dog parents will have various questions. This article will help you with the basics.

Micro-chipping has numerous benefits. Thousands of dogs and other pets get lost and then end up in pet shelters every year, but a dog with a microchip implanted in him can easily be reunited with its owners. This process can avoid many other consequences, too, such as being put to sleep, and no one wants that!

Whether you want your pup to be micro-chipped or not, it is necessary to have your dog's identification at all times. Most people go with a collar with tags as it is the standard, but there are chances that it'll fall off or even become damaged. Fortunately, though, technology has advanced to the point that you can equip your pet with a microchip as a permanent form of identification.

Where is the chip implanted?

In the United States, dogs receive the microchip injection just between the shoulder blades, along the dorsal midline (the spine).

How is it implanted?

Microchip implantation is a simple, quick, inexpensive, essentially painless, and stress-free process for the pets and pet parents.

A vet implants dog microchips via a quick injection, kind of like a routine vaccination.

The professionals are required to scan for existing microchips before implanting a new one. Doing this step takes around 10 to 30 seconds. No anesthetic is needed. Your dog's reaction will be corresponding to that of a vaccination injection.

The procedure is mostly painless.

For correct placement of the microchip, your dog should be lying on his stomach or standing. The pup's skin is desensitized with a simple pinch. The skin between your dog's shoulder blades is gently pulled upwards until it is taut. The vet will then quickly insert the needle. A final pinch confirms that the microchip stays in place when the needle is withdrawn from the skin.

Your veterinarian can help you finish the registration forms immediately after the microchip implantation. Registering your pup's microchip identification is important, so the process is not rendered useless since the microchip number will not be connected with anyone.

Is it painful to insert the chip?

The procedure is safe, quick, and seems to be somewhat pain-free. The microchips are usually inserted without any incident, even in the smallest of puppies.

The application needle is somewhat large, and some dog parents choose to have the chip implanted when neutering or spaying so that their dog can be anesthetized for the injection. However, it is not important, and the microchip can be inserted at any convenient time.

After the process, you and your pup go home and relax. Avoid rigorous activity or exercise with your dog for at least 24 hours so that the microchip remains at the place it was implanted. This is so that the anti-migration coating on the microchip has a chance to bond to your dog's skin.

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