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How Are Microchips Implanted?

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Microchip implantation is an easy choice.

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

How Are Microchips Implanted?


• Pet microchips are implanted by a veterinarian through a quick injection, like a routine vaccination.

• The site of implantation varies by animal.

– In the U.S, dogs and cats receive the injection along the dorsal midline, just between the shoulder blades.

– Horses are injected along the left side of the neck, about an inch below the mane and midway between the poll and the withers.

– Birds, which lack the bulk of most animals, receive the implant in their breast muscles.

• The animal-care professional should scan for existing microchips prior to implanting a new one—this step takes 10 to 30 seconds.

• No anesthetic is required. The pet’s reaction will be consistent with that of a vaccination injection. The implant procedure is essentially painless.

• Your pet’s skin is desensitized by a simple pinch that pulls the skin upwards until taut.

The animal-care professional inserts the needle.

• A final pinch ensures the microchip stays in place as the needle is withdrawn.

• Your veterinarian or animal shelter personnel can help you complete the microchip registration forms immediately following implantation.

• You and your pet go home and relax together. Avoid rigorous exercise or activity with your pet for 24 hours, in order to give the anti-migration coating on the microchip a chance to bond to your pet’s skin, so the microchip remains where it was implanted.

Voila! Your pet is now ID’d for life.

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