Microchipping has become a very popular and safe identification tool to reunite lost pets with their owners. Microchipping involves the placement, with a hypodermic needle, of an electronic chip, about the size of a piece of rice, just under the skin between the shoulder blades. We usually perform this procedure on puppies and kittens when they are under general anesthetic to be spayed or neutered. Adult pets may be microchipped during an office visit.
All shelters, humane societies, and veterinary clinics should be equipped to scan any lost dog or cat that is brought to them.
The only exotics we have microchipped are the larger parrots. These patients do require a general anesthetic to have this procedure performed.