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Feeling the microchip

On Monday, Linus had 12 baby teeth pulled and was microchipped while he was under. It was put between the shoulder blades. The weird thing is that I can feel it because he does not have much body fat. When I pet his back, there it is. Anyone else experience this?

Another problem is that it is really cold (arctic air), and Linus freezes when he goes outside. I put a sweater on him, but he mattes immediately--I think his hair sees the sweater coming and starts winding up before I touch him. His coat does not surround him quite like the sweater (hard to find one that small around but long enough for the Havanese body).

Any suggestions other than cutting his hair?
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I can feel Gracie's microchip...

Sorry, I don't have any advice on the sweater and his hair...
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I was concerned when I first got Tucker's microchip. I felt it for a long time, and the next time in the vets asked her about it. She said it was in the right place, he was just so small that the chip (the size of a grain of rice) was palpable. Well, sometime later, after he was a year or more old, I realized that I can't feel it anymore--at least, not unless I really try and catch it right.

Little Linus may be small enough you will always feel it, but maybe it will recess in further as he gets older, too.

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I can feel Scooter's too, at first it sort of grossed me out but now I rarely notice it.

No help on the hair matting as we don't have that problem since he's in a puppy cut.

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It must be normal, as I can feel Sophie and Gabe's chip too.. maybe it's because it's inserted right under the skin.

So far as coats go, maybe you need something that doesn't cling to the body as much, but holds in the warmth..

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Dusty's microchip is down over one shoulderblade. It is easy to feel. I think it moved after the vet inserted it. It hasn't moved any more though. I know Indie has one but I can't feel it.

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giving in...

I think I am going to give in and put a potty pad in front of the doggy door. These dogs are getting too cold getting soaked outside in the So. Cal rain and rare lowered temps.

Riki does go outside, but he is so wet and so cold. And Daisy refuses to go out and keeps peeing inside. Someone else suggested the potty pad by the door...they are house trained and haven't used a pad in years...but I don't want them to keep getting mats from getting wet.

I, too, feel the microchips even five years later and I always think it is something on them at first.

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I can feel Posh's chip too, and I started a thread a while back because I was worried too. As you can see from the many replies already, it's nothing to worry about.

I'm thinking if he is matting so easily he is probably heading down the BC road (as in blowing coat) and I would just put a looser sweater on him for now.

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Pixie just got "chipped" yesterday and I've been trying to feel for it now that I've read this, but so far nothing. I just know that my neurotic tendencies will have me call the vet tomorrow to ask the exact location of it because I CAN'T feel it!

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I can feel McKenna's chip but not Sedona's. I once took McKenna to the vet because I thought it might be a cyst or the beginings of a tumor or something. I was kind of embarrassed to find that it was her chip. It's close to her skin and I always wonder if it hurts when someone brushes over it. Sedona's is better placed and I can't feel it at all.


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