The following is provided by our partner, HomeAgain.
Microchip implantation is an easy choice.
Microchip implantation is quick, simple, inexpensive, essentially painless, and virtually stress-free for pets and pet parents.
• 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• A final pinch ensures the microchip stays in place as the needle is withdrawn.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.