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8 Things You Need To Know About Microchipping Your Dog

4. Microchips Can Migrate

Microchips are typically implanted between your dog’s shoulder blades and stay there because of the large muscle groups surrounding the area. As dogs age their muscles tend to shrink and the skin becomes looser – meaning the chip can travel under the skin and end up lower on the back or on your dog’s side. Migration can also be caused by a pup being too wiggly during the implantation.

5. Microchips Must Be Scanned Correctly

In order to be read correctly, a microchip must be scanned correctly. Animal hospitals and shelters should have up-to-date universal scanners on hand and train their entire staff to use them – this includes running the scanner along the entire back and sides of the dog in search of a chip that may have migrated.

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