Pet Microchip PlacementRancho San Carlos Pet Clinic

Microchips are small transponders, roughly the size of a grain of rice, that send information about your pet via radio frequency waves.


Pet Microchip Placement

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Microchips are used to offer permanent identification for pets. These microchip implants are called radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. They’re small, about the size of a grain of rice, and they’re completely harmless. This implies they maintain a unique identifying number in a passive manner and do not actively transmit data. Because your dog’s microchip has no battery or internal power source, it remains dormant until it is read by a microchip scanner.

Before insertion, the sterile microchip is scanned in the packaging to ensure that the transponder’s identifying code matches the bar code label on the box.

Your dog is positioned for the injection once the needle carrying the microchip is put into the application gun or syringe. The conventional microchip placement site for dogs is between the dog’s shoulder blades in the subcutaneous tissue along the dorsal midline (the spine). Your dog should be standing or lying on his stomach for proper placement. The needle is rapidly inserted after some of the loose skin between the shoulder blades is gently pushed up. When the applicator trigger is pressed, the microchip is injected into the tissue.

The treatment is quick, simple, and appears to be painless. Even in the tiniest puppies, the chips are routinely implanted without incident. Because the application needle is large, some clients choose to have the microchip inserted at the same time as spaying or neutering, so the dog can be sedated for the injection. This is not required, and the microchip can be placed whenever it is most convenient.

A microchip scanner identifies the unique electronic code buried in the chip and shows the identification number on the scanner’s screen, allowing the microchip to be ‘read.’ Because a microchip may migrate or shift out of position from time to time, the microchip scanner will be passed over your pets entire body to guarantee that the chip is recognized if it is present.