What Is the Procedure for Microchipping Your Pet?

A microchip is a form of identification for your pet, a way for you to find them whenever they get lost. Losing a furry friend is painful for those who love them. For this reason, you want them to have some way to lead them back to you. Here are some of the steps you will go through with your pet during microchipping.


Step I: Cleanliness


Cleanliness is vital for the whole process to go smoothly. To reach the target site of the microchip, the pet’s fur and skin must be clean. Cleanliness helps the site for the microchip to be visible.


Step II: Take Pet to Vet


Regardless of what you think you know, do not attempt to microchip your pet at home. Unless you have the license to do so, it may be unfair to the animal. In some parts of the world, it is legal to purchase a pet microchip from a third party.


However, get a vet with the expertise and experience implanting such devices. They will know where and how to inject it with minimum pain.


Step III: Documentation


There is documentation that comes with microchipping your pet. In it, you enter information about yourself and your pet for proper registration. The registration takes place at your vet’s office during their evaluation. Ensure that you receive or make a copy of the paperwork as confirmation of your pet’s microchip.


Step IV: Checking Microchip


Before the vet injects the microchip, they must use a reader to confirm its identity and transmission. During this process, check if the unique microchip identification number matches what is in the documentation.


They may require your assistance to calm the animal before the injection. You or the vet’s assistant will need to keep the pet still in preparation for its injection. For a small animal like a cat or puppy, you may have to hold them close to your body. Doing this keeps them calm.


Step V: Injecting Microchip


After calming and securing your pet, the vet will see where to inject the microchip. The location is specific for each species. For dogs and cats, the microchip goes under the skin at the centerline point of the back. The microchip should lie parallel to its skin or at an oblique angle. Using the aseptic technique is the best option.


Step VI: Countercheck Microchip


Once the vet locates where to inject the chip, you or an assistant needs to keep the animal calm. They will gently lift your pet’s skin before injecting the microchip. The chip is small, slightly larger than the size of a grain of rice.


If your pet is clean, they will not need to apply alcohol or antiseptic swab. After the injection, the vet will recheck the chip. They do this to ensure that it transmits from its location under the skin. In doing this, they confirm whether the microchip’s unique ID is the right one.


Keeping Up to Date


Ensure that you update your vet on any changes in your information. They will relay this to the microchip’s manufacturer.


For more on microchipping your pet, visit Circle of Life Veterinary Hospital at our office in Tampa, Florida. You can also call (813) 850-0600 to book an appointment today.

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