It’s Difficult to Feel a Microchip in a Dog

Dog Microchip

In the large majority of cases, you won’t be able to feel a microchip in a dog. Microchips are deliberately implanted between the dog’s shoulder blades to make sure they can’t easily move around inside the dog’s body. If you feel a small bump around that area of the dog’s neck, it could be something else.

In addition to the placement, the reason it’s difficult to feel a microchip in a dog is due to the size of the microchip. These gadgets are no bigger than the size of a grain of rice so it makes it even more difficult to identify by hand when your dog has a fluffy coat.

There are, however, certain instances when you might be able to feel a microchip in a dog. This could happen when the microchip gets dislodged from its implanted position. You are also more likely to feel it if your dog is small and has a thin coat.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing if you are able to feel your dog’s microchip. You may, however, want to ask your vet about it in your dog’s next check-up in case it might be a sign of bad health (e.g. poor coat condition). It’s also good practice to have the dog’s microchip scanned at least once a year to make sure the microchip is still functioning.

Disclaimer: The content on is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.

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