Microchipping is a very simple, inpatient procedure that takes just a few minutes and can be done during a regular checkup, or even while your pet is under anesthesia for another procedure, such as spay or neuter surgery. If you have not already had your pet microchipped, you can schedule an appointment for that alone as well. During the procedure, our veterinarian in Hollywood uses a hypodermic needle to inject a tiny, glass capsule that contains the microchip under your pet’s skin, usually right between the shoulder blades. The capsule is only about the size of a grain of rice, so after the initial and temporary discomfort of the needle injection, your pet forgets about it. The discomfort level is about the same as your pet’s vaccinations: a very temporary discomfort for a lifetime of protection!