Tip of the Week: Chip Chip Hooray!
Microchips are amazing and lifesaving devices, but they can be oh-so-frustrating from time to time. Always remember to thoroughly scan an animal for an existing microchip before placing implanting a new one. Here’s how:
- Make sure to use a universal or global scanner that will detect the various frequencies.
- Check that your scanner has fresh batteries.
- Global scanners work by cycling through all of the frequencies, so they need to be held close to the animal and moved slowly in a systematic fashion to avoid missing a chip. Go no faster than 1/2 foot per second and scan in an “S” pattern from the neck down the back.
- If you don’t find a chip, keep scanning down the legs, around the neck and shoulders, and then down both sides.
Stopping the Popping
Now you’re ready to chip! We’ve all had to chip that wiggly puppy or kitten… only to watch it pop out seconds later or still be hanging on the tip of the needle after you thought you’d implanted it. Next time, try this technique to prevent that from happening:
- Insert the needle and press the plunger like you normally would to implant the chip, but turn the needle 90º to the side before withdrawing it. This will help dislodge a chip that’s dangling off the end and will change the orientation of the skin opening to help minimize the chance the chip will pop out.
- Gently pinch at the area where you implanted the chip after withdrawing the needle and you should be good to go.
- And remember, a tasty treat can be just the distraction you need to make the procedure quick and easy for everyone involved!
How are you stopping chips from popping at your agency? Gonna give this tip a try? Share your thoughts in the comment box.
Photo: Dr. Brenda Griffin
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