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, even though there is a little discomfort involved in the procedure, it is negligible compared to the heartache of losing your best mate.

A puppy should be microchipped

What is a microchip?

Like the name suggests, a microchip is a tiny chip that is inserted under your dog’s skin, typically between their shoulder blades. Every microchip contains a unique code that is linked to a national registry. In the event that your beloved dog becomes lost, a vet or shelter can scan the chip and access your contact details via a protected website in order to reunite you.

Do microchips hurt dogs?

Inserting a microchip is a simple procedure that only takes a few seconds for your vet to complete. 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 biocompatible, which means that your dog shouldn’t experience any allergic reaction once the chip is implanted.

When is the best time to get my puppy microchipped?

In most states and territories of Australia, it’s mandatory to get your puppy microchipped by a certain age. Check your local council and state government websites for their microchip requirements.

Even if you live in a state where microchipping is not mandatory, it is highly recommended as microchips help trace lost pets back to their owners. Unlike collars and tags which can fall off your dog, microchips ensure your contact details will always be connected with your dog.

If your puppy isn’t already microchipped when you take them home, your vet can do the procedure at any time.

How often do I need to microchip my dog?

Microchips last a lifetime. So, as long as you register your puppy’s microchip and keep your contact details up to date, microchipping means your dog 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.

Does your puppy need a microchip?

Contact your local Greencross Vets to microchip your puppy today and ensure their safety and your peace of mind.