Microchipping your dog, does it hurt?

Petra may look quite fierce but she really lost it for her micrchip appointment

So I had both my Rottweilers at the vet's today to get micro-chipped and was pretty confident all would go pretty smoothly. I had read over the Internet that micro-chipping was similar to a normal shot. Yet, I had to believe everything was far from being as I expected when my Petra was injected with the chip today.

Let me state first of all that Petra is a bit wary of needles. When she gets her yearly shots she will yelp from pain but luckily everything is over in a few seconds and life goes back to normal. Today though, I could not believe my ears and eyes...

Let me say that the needle was a lot thicker than the usual ones. She went on her belly at first and would not show her back. Then finally we flipped her over. He inserted the needle and she acted like crazy. I never heard her scream like that, it was literally hurting my ears. He was unable to insert it the whole way because she was moving like a wild alligator. She also was yelping when he was not even doing anything to her.

Then I held her head and again she screamed, and then suddenly started snapping at the air everywhere in a desperate attempt to be free. When I saw her almost snap at me out of panic, we decided to muzzle her. An assistant took over and held her head still, and she was foaming at the mouth, urinated on the table, screaming like the wildest animal.

Once, done, she was back to normal, wagging her tail but a bit startled. I gave her a treat and everybody was petting her. Later in the car, I could smell her anal gland secretions, something dogs do when they are in a very fearful state of mind...

I am quite sure that today's event must have traumatized her. I really hope there was a way to remove that pain from her. I really never saw her act this way before.

Yet, when it was my male dog's turn he did not even blink. At one point therefore, I thought that she was over exaggertaing...

Then later at home I visited this website that gave an honest straight forward answer here is the quoted paragraph I want to share:

'' Does it hurt?

Yes. As we mentioned, the needle is very large, and no local anesthetic is used. Most small dogs and puppies scream. It can also cause temporary light bleeding at the injection site, which is most visible on light-colored animals. We have peroxide handy to clean this up. It is usually not serious. However, we recommend that puppies and kittens be at least two months old (and weigh at least two pounds in the case of kittens) before subjecting them to this procedure. True, the pain lasts only a couple of seconds, but keeping the animal's well-being in mind, the entire ordeal of being taken to a strange place with strange people and other animals can be stressful, even traumatic for many animals of any size and age. It's always a good idea to let your pet eat either an herbal remedy or vet-prescribed sedative at least a couple of hours before going to the vet or other "strange" (to the pet) location, like our microchipping clinic.''

So for those micro-chipping their pets I want to give a heads up. There are chances your dog may be just like my dog Kaiser and there are chances your dog may react like my dog Petra. Micro-chipping is not like a walk in the park as many websites portray. The needle indeed is much more larger than a normal needle for shots.


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Tripawds 7 years ago

Owwww! Poor Petra. We hope she feels better by now.


Angie 5 years ago

I just got it done for my Shiba inu today at a clinic. I was up front paying and I heard my dog screaming bloody murder. I turned around and say him running towards me with two nurses chasing him. I had to hold him and they had to redo it cause he moved. The needle was huge and they put it in about 2 inches it looked like. He was snapping and screamed like crazy again. definetly hurt! But i'm glad it's done.


Marie 4 years ago

So glad that I read this. I will not put my dogs through this unless they can be slightly sedated. I would think after that horrible experience they will not be too anxious to go back to that vet's office.


Joni 4 years ago

I scheduled an appointment today for my puppy and after reading this I've decided to wait until I take her to get her spayed and have her microchipped at that time while still under anesthesia.


Diamond 3 years ago

Me and my girl are absolutely traumatized by the micro-chipping event today. First off, the Human Society we went to would not allow me and my girl 2 be in the same room. They had me WAIT OUTSIDE. Secondly, my darling baby SCREAMED! and when they brought her out? She had (and still has) a bloody spot on her beautiful all white coat. Am mad as hell that they hurt my baby, and I demand that people get training if they think they are gonna do this.


Diamond 3 years ago

In continuation of my last post....I AM SUBMITTING THIS INFORMATION IN THE HOPES THAT NO DOG (or any living animal) have to go through getting this micro-chip procedure without their parent (owner) being present. If I had known they would not allow me to be in the room with her, I would have taken my Precious girl 2 another location. Seeing the bloody spot on her back absolutely brought me to tears and I was not even able to compose myself for another 30 minutes (in order to drive us home)......I don't want anyone else going through this. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE ALLOWED TO BE PRESENT IN THE ROOM FOR THE MICRO-CHIPPING PROCEDURE. Please tell the administrator that U want this done as PAINLESSLY as possible and if they are not going to give U the assurance that they are capable of doing this with NO BLOODSHED, then U will not have it done in that office. There is no! excuse! for not being able to insert this micro-chip with no pain and no blood. No excuse!


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Diamond, I am sorry top hear what your girl had to go through. The microchip needle is larger than the average needle, and leaving blood spots is not unheard of. I wished they would find a way to numb the area before giving such a painful shot and that they would inform owners about the procedure.

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