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Can Microchips in Dogs Move?

My dog was micro chipped when we got him 2 years ago as a puppy. You could feel the micro chip under his skin in his neck in between shoulder blades. Well, here is the question. I don't feel it there anymore, but under his neck in the front I think it has moved. It is in the spot where it would have moved around. He was always itchy and we thought it was allergies. Could he of had problems with the micro chip, and scratched it so it moved? Now he itches that area and you can feel the lump like it was on his back. Thank You.

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July 18, 20070 found this helpful

As far as I can remember, if they're put in properly they shouldn't move. But I've heard of microchips moving before and not being picked up by the scanner machine used to read them. Mabye you could ask your vet about it.

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July 19, 20070 found this helpful

When I had my cat micro chipped two years ago, the vet told me they can move (or be moved by the pet) and that it was a good idea to have your pet scanned every time they visit the vet to make sure it is still in place.

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July 19, 20070 found this helpful

Yes they can move. No, it's not a big deal.

I'm sure that if you call the vet, they would tell you the same thing. I would call about him scratching at it though. That doesn't seem right.

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July 19, 20070 found this helpful

YES THEY CAN!!!! My Rott had x-rays recently and her chip is now on her side near her ribs! Fortunately it can still be found with the scanner, so the vet isn't concerned. a quick scan will let you know if it has moved and if that is what's causing the irritation. Good luck!

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July 21, 20070 found this helpful

If your dog is scratching because the chip is bothering him, let the vet know.

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August 9, 20070 found this helpful

Interesting...I heard they couldn't move. I would FOR SURE get this checked out by whomever placed the microchip in the first place! Maybe get a new one re-inserted by someone else?

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April 23, 20110 found this helpful

My doberman pup had a microchip inserted between his shoulder blades when he was 14 weeks. He is now 7 months, just had him scanned and found nothing. I was fixing to get another chip, then the scanner did find and read his. It had moved from in between his shoulder blades to the front left side of his chest. Now I'm worried if he gets lost and scanned they might think he's not chipped unless they scan everywhere.

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