The implant procedure at Sugarloaf Animal Hospital is different to many. The area of implantation is clipped of hair, and aseptically prepared to limit the chance of infection. Finally, the area is infiltrated with local anaesthetic (like a dentist) to limit pain from the insertion of a large needle that delivers the microchip. Like every procedure at Sugarloaf, the aim is for it to be pain free.
Although not legally mandated, rabbits, birds, and other non-traditional pets also benefit from permanent identification with a microchip.