If you can’t resist those puppy dog eyes, you might have to look away while your puppy is being implanted with their microchip. But rest assured, there is little pain involved in the procedure, which is negligible compared to the heartache of losing your best mate.

A puppy should be microchipped

Inflicting discomfort upon your puppy goes against every fibre of your being. However, the benefits of microchipping your cuddly little friend outweigh any pain it might cause them. Take comfort in the fact that inserting a microchip doesn’t even require anaesthetic – it’s a simple procedure, and takes only a few seconds to complete.

“Microchipping is a quick, safe and simple procedure which involves a needle being inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades of your pet and a device the size of a grain of rice is implanted,” says Dr Kate Morris from Greencross Vets Morayfield. “The procedure can cause a little discomfort and some pets may flinch or yelp. The good news is this pain is short lived and most pets will have forgotten about it before they leave the clinic – especially after a few liver treats as a distraction.”

After the initial injection, which is similar to a simple vaccination, the microchip won’t cause your puppy pain or discomfort at all – in fact, they probably won’t even know it’s there! Microchips are also non-toxic, which means that your puppy won’t experience any allergic reaction once the chip is implanted.

“Microchipping is very important as it’s a permanent form of individual identification for your pet,” says Dr Kate Morris from Greencross Vets Morayfield. “Should your pet go missing, a microchip will help your local vets, councils and shelters quickly identify your pet and have them reunited with you as soon as possible.”

What is a microchip?

Like the name suggests, a microchip is a tiny chip that is injected under the skin of your puppy – usually between the shoulder blades. Every microchip contains a unique code that is linked to a national registry. In the event that your beloved puppy gets lost, a vet or shelter can scan the chip and access your contact details in order to reunite you.

When is the best time to get my puppy microchipped?

In most states of Australia – ACT, NSW, Queensland, Victoria, WA and Tasmania – getting your puppy microchipped is mandatory. If your puppy isn’t already microchipped when you take them home, your vet can do the procedure at any time. Many people choose to microchip their puppy at the same time as another surgical procedure, like desexing, so that their pup is under anaesthetic at the time of the implant.

How often do I need to microchip my puppy?

Microchips are made from biocompatible materials, which is a scientific way of saying that they last a lifetime. So, as long as you register your puppy’s microchip and keep your contact details up to date, microchipping means your puppy has the best chance of ending up back in your loving arms.

This relatively inexpensive procedure is well worth it for a lifetime of peace of mind.

How much does a microchip cost?

The RSPCA NSW estimates that a microchip can cost between $60 and $80. It is a one-time fee and often includes registration in a national registry.