So, migrating chips is a thing. I had no idea until a recent trip to the vet. All of our pets are micro-chipped, and we usually never give it another thought after it’s done. I guess it’s pretty rare, but the chips can move and end up in a place that’s more difficult to scan.
For a while now, I have noticed a small, hard line when I pet The Grump. It’s right above his left front leg and never seemed to bother him, but I always meant to ask the vet about it. I assumed it was nothing but worth an ask during a routine visit.
During our last trip for a nail trim and a chin acne flare-up (yep, The Grump has acne), I asked our vet about it. She was floored when she felt it and knew right away that it was a microchip. Since the chips are originally embedded between their shoulder-blades, this was quite the migration. She took her chip scanner to confirm that this was definitely the case.
Why are Migrating Chips a Problem?
Migrating chips are not the end of the world, however it can make the chip more difficult to find when scanning. Our vet demonstrated to me how scanning is normally done. It’s a quick swipe over the dog’s back area. Most shelters and places where lost pets are taken are super busy. They might not take the time to scan the entire dog. They swoop over where the chip is supposed to be and if nothing pops up, they assume the dog is not chipped.
Heaven forbid your animal goes missing, you want that microchip info to pop up immediately. Our vet simply inserted another chip into The Grump free of charge. A little local anesthetic and a quick injection and he now has a new microchip in the proper location. I had to call the chip company to let them know and tell them that he now has two chips, but this was definitely an easy problem to fix.
The other chip that migrated is harmless according to our vet. It can just remain where it is without any issues. I wanted to share this info because it’s something I would have never thought of had it not happened to us. Next time you are at your vet just have them do a quick scan to make sure the chip pops up.
Apparently, this is a pretty rare occurrence. It’s more likely in pets that have loose skin like The Grump.
Have you ever heard of migrating chips in pets?