Which size microchip should I use?

Which size microchip should I use?

Which size microchip should I use?

Comparison of size of Trovan mini and regular microchipsAvailable for a few years, petDetect’s 8mm mini-microchip is the tiny sibling to our renowned 12mm regular. It’s as technologically excellent and easy to implant - so which should you use?

Not all microchips are made equal. They are made by different companies, in different countries, with different processes, specifications and technology. petDetect can assure implanters the same, high quality technology is used in both Trovan microchip sizes we offer. However, be aware that the size of the microchip can have an impact on when it should be used.
 
As implanters, the microchip size implanted is usually your decision. We suggest you base this is based on:
       a) The adult size of the animal
       b) Its coat
Animals that are Labrador-size or larger when fully grown will require a regular microchip. Similarly, animals with a long or thick dense coat like Pekingese, Shih Tzu’s or Huskies will require also regular microchip. Choosing the larger chip accounts for the microchip being ‘deeper’ under fur in the case of these animals and avoids any potential read-issues. If you are microchipping young animals you must use the animal’s size when grown in order to select the correct microchip.
 
petDetect’s mini microchip is only 8mm in length – 4mm shorter than the regular – and 1.4mm wide. While this may not seem like a large difference to the human eye, it significantly reduces the size of the needle required to implant the microchip.  Being microchipped can never be truly pain free – it is as invasive as an injection – but research in humans has suggested a smaller needle reduces the frequency of painful insertions. Owners often prefer the reduced needle size as the human assessment that ‘smaller things hurt less’ may settle some of their ease about the procedure in a young or small breed animal.
 
Smaller breeds can be microchipped using the regular chip with ease, but the tiny mini-chip offers greater scope in the size of animal implanters can chip comfortably. Both microchips offer the same quality technology and reliability so the choice of microchip is, in the end, down to the owner’s and implanter’s preference.