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MICROCHIPIMPLANTATION

Severalcompaniesmarketmicrochipsforpetidentification.IuseAVID microchipswhichstandforAnimalVeterinaryIdentificationDevice.The productIuseiscalledtheAVIDFriendchip.Itcanbeusedonanytypeof animal,includingpetbirds,dogs,andcats. TheAVIDmicrochipisaprofessionalwaytoidentifyapet.Thechipisaboutthe sizeofapieceofriceandfitsthroughahypodermicneedle.Likeavaccination, it'sinjectedundertheskininadogorcatbutforabird,it'sinsertedintothe breastmuscle. Ifalostpetisfoundandtakentoashelterorveterinaryhospital,itwillbe checkedforamicrochipwithascanner.IffoundtheAVIDhotlinewillbecalled andtheywillchecktheirdatabase.Eitherthepetowner(iftheyregisteredtheir pet)ortheveterinarianwhooriginallypurchasedthemicrochipwillbe contactedandthelostpetreturnedhome.

PROTOCOLFORMICROCHIPPINGBIRDS

Iwillmicrochipbirdsassmallasagreencheekedconure(65g).Mostbirdsthat arechippedare200gorlarger. Somepeopleprefertomicrochipalltheirpetoraviarybirds.However,most clientstendtoonlymicrochipbirdsthattheyhaveastrongemotional attachmenttoorthatcostthemalotofmoney. Irecommendisofluraneanesthesiaformicrochippingabird.It'snotabsolutely necessary,buttheprocedurecanbeapainfulandifbleedingoccurs,it'smuch moredifficulttostopifthebirdisnotsedated. Theneedlethatisusedforimplantationislarge.It'seither12or14Ginwidth, 1.25incheslong,andbeveledatthetiptomakeitextremelysharp.Oncethe clientseestheneedle,theyusuallyoptforanesthesia.

Microchipsinbirdsareimplantedinthebreastmuscle,inthecaudalhalf,onthe leftside,aboutonefourthtoonehalfinchdeep.Theyarenotimplanted subcutaneouslyasindogsorcats.Birdskinispaperthinoverthebreastmuscle andthesubcutaneousspaceisminuscule.Ifamicrochipwereimplantedinthe SQspace,itcouldbeseenvisuallyandwouldbulgeupward.Ifitweretocause irritation,thebirdcouldeasilychewitout. Theanesthetizedbirdispositionedindorsalrecumbency.70%alcoholis appliedtothechesttomatandspreadthefeathersexposingtheskinoverthe breastmuscle.TheareaaroundtheentrysiteiscleanedwithBetadinescrub andalcoholisusedasarinse. Beforeproceeding,theveterinarianshouldscanthemicrochipintheneedleand syringetoconfirmthatitisthereandthatitcanberead.Alsomakesurethe scannedmicrochipnumbermatcheswiththenumberonthecomputerized paperstripthatgoesinthebrochurewhichtheclienttakeshome. Nextscanthebirdtomakesurethereisn'talreadyamicrochipinthebird.This hashappenedmoretimesthanyoucanimagine. Theneedleisinsertedata45degreeangledorsallyandcraniallytoan appropriatedepth,dependingonthesizeofthebird,andthentheplungeris depressedimplantingthemicrochip. Astheneedleisretracted,agauzespongeisplacedovertheentrysiteand directpressureappliedfor30secondsorlongertocontrolanybleeding.Ifno bleedingoccurs,thentheholeissealedwithskinglue. Ifmusclebleedingoccursandwon'tstop,thenone,40chromicgutsutureis placedthroughtheskinanduppermusclelayertoclosethehole.Direct pressureiscontinuedforupto1minutetopreventthedevelopmentofa hematoma. Beforerecovery,thebirdisscannedtoverifythatthechiphasbeenimplanted andcanberead.Ialwaysdoublechecktomakesurethenumberonthe scannermatchesthenumberonthecomputerizedstrip. Thebirdismonitoredforatleast15minutesforanybleedingorhematoma formationattheentrysite.Moredirectpressureorsuturingmayberequiredif bleedingcontinues.

Athometheownershouldkeepthebirdconfinedtoitscageforthenext46 hourstolimitactivity.Ifthebirdtriestoflytoosoonandlandsonitschest, bleedingcouldoccur,sometimesprofusely. Ifbleedingoccurs,theownercanusehydrogenperoxidesoakedtissuetoclean theareaandthenusedirectpressureoverthesitefor510minutes.Ifitwon't stop,theymayneedtogethelpfromalocalveterinarian.

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