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How to Microchip a Dog

Donald Bramlage, DVM

August 16, 2022

Dr. Bramlage

In this how-to video, Revival’s Former Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Bramlage, shows how to microchip a dog and demonstrates how to use a microchip scanner for dogs. Chip registration into a central database is important for recovery if your pet ever strays.
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Microchipping a Dog

Microchipping is easy and simple, and it’s an easy way to get your dog back if they happen to bolt when they’re scared. This is Andi. Today we’re going to microchip her. She’s just a puppy. The microchip actually goes in the neck area right here, easily above the shoulders. What we want to do is create a tent and actually go in under that tent.

Now, does it hurt? Any injections have a bit of a sting when you go through the skin. So one of the things you want to do is when you’re going through the skin, go right on through, because that’s the part that that hurts. So make the tent go into the tent. You’re pinching it up right here. She’s long hair, so it’s a little hard to see. But there’s a tent of skin there. We’re going to go right under that to the skin and Andi is going to pay attention to her owner. So it won’t be a big deal for her, we hope. Now, some people like to alcohol them. I think you got to put alcohol on for like 30 minutes to do much good. But if you want to, fine. You can do them sitting. You can do them standing. I usually prefer standing, so they don’t jump up. But however Andi wants to do it.

So we’re going to take the needle. I like to make sure that that microchip is in there. And it is. Now, when you put these chips in, I usually want the bevel up and I just pet her. She’s a little worried right now because I let go of her. And as long as you have your hands on them, they usually know. We’re going to go right in, right through the skin.

We’re going to give the microchip. Then I like to pinch the needle and pull it back out. Now she’s long hair, so it’s hard to see, but there’s a plunger that pushed that in there and made sure that it didn’t come back out. So it was all done. And again, she’s a little concerned because she felt me going through. I’m now just holding it up, pinching it, and I can feel the chip there. And if I grab the scanner, we’ll be able to tell that we have the microchip in under the skin and that’s all there is to it. Remember the one thing you want to do? She doesn’t want a second round of this. You want to go through the skin and one push. Don’t go slow because that’s like cutting the skin. You want to go right on through. It’s like, ouch, it’s over with. And they’re fine with that. If somebody loving them up. So I hope that helps you today.

Checking the Chip

There’s a couple of kinds. people want to talk about the mini chip. We’re going to show you that today. That’s this one. And the standard chip, I don’t see a lot of difference in the two except for the size of the needle. And if you look at the size of the needle, you will see the difference between the two is quite marked. The mini chip is actually designed for dogs, so it is not the mouse chip that people ask about. It is designed for dogs, and it works very well and it’s great for puppies. Older dogs, this is a big needle, but it’s a one-time to the skin so people think it’s worth it. And this is the HomeAgain chip. It usually sets the standard for chips. So I show you those two today. That’s the difference in the two.

There’s nothing else. If you have a scanner and most breeders will, it’s important to scan everything before you start. So what you generally do, there are a couple of types. This is the HomeAgain scanner. It will scan every chip. This is an Avid scanner. Some scanners will not scan all chips. So you want one that if you’re going to buy one, they’ll scan all chips.

Shop Microchips

After injecting your pet’s microchip, don’t forget to register the chip and record the information on your pet’s feline or canine health records.

Written by: Donald Bramlage, DVM

Donald Bramlage, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, practiced veterinary medicine for 30+ years and is known for his work in managing parvovirus. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1985. He served as Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services from 2011 until his retirement in 2019.

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