Microchips are amazing, lifesaving devices, but they can also be frustrating. Here we explain how to scan for and implant a microchip with ease.
How to Find a Chip
You’ll need a universal or global scanner with the ability to detect various frequencies and batteries (check to make sure they’re fresh).
Global scanners work by cycling through all 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 a half-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.
How to Implant a Chip
We've all had to chip that wiggly puppy or kitten and then watch the chip pop out seconds later or discover it still hanging to the tip of the needle. 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 90 degrees 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.
Remember, a tasty treat can be just the distraction you need to make the procedure quick and easy for everyone involved.