Microchip lump

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My pups microchip has migrated about three inches from the injection site. This would be no problem except it is incased in scar tissue and relocated to his back where his skin is pulled across his ribs. This creates a lump about the size of a marble. Has anyone had this problem? He's still just a little guy so I wonder if growth and thicker skin could help. If not, does anyone know if there is a procedure for correcting this without surgery or making a scar worse than the lump? I found lots of stuff on the net about this problem just not what to do about it. 

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That worries me a bit. When will you be by the vet next? Did the vet put it in?

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I will be going back to the vet next week. The breeder had the Avid chip put in at about 5 weeks of age. When I got him he had a little infection at the injection site. He was on antibiotics and had some swelling. It was only after the swelling went down that I noticed the chip had moved. I really would hate to have to do something that would leave a scar on his back. Plus the anesthesia. If I do have it taken out, what do you all think about a tattoo as an alternative?   

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Tattoos are painful. That's ridiculous that you pup got an infection from the chip. They must not have used proper sterilization measures....

I would definitely get it checked out, maybe sooner especially is the bump grows. I've seen infections like that come back in Dobermans. From what our vet has explained, sometimes part of the infection will get encased under the skin - and with the Doberman's goofy play they eventually strike that area and release the toxic infection, which then causes problems really fast.

You might want to get that chip removed, the area cleaned, and an antibiotic - then get a new chip somewhere else by someone who also has a bottle of alcohol and a new sterile sering.

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Good advice.Thanks. This thing you said about infection coming back could make sense in my case. What I called scar tissue in my first post seems to have gotten a little bigger in a couple of days. I think Ill call the vet  and see if I can get him in sooner.