I wanted to get Sincy microchipped, but they said it's better to do it when they spay her. My question is, if I don't get her spayed, can I still get the microchip? Has anyone had the microchipping done w/o spaying/neutering?
They can do it with a local anesthetic but it is easier when they are put under because they don't have to worry about the pup moving during the injection of the chip. If the pup moves too much, the chip could pop back out (or so I've heard).
I don't have any personal experience with that though as I had it done when I had Angel spayed. But the vet gave me the option to do it with a local if I wanted. Just more tricky that way.
Another reason they like to do it all at once is that it is less stress on your dog to get any procedure like this out of the way at the same time. It also means that there is only one recovery period. I haven't gone through this with my dogs, but i have my cats who I microchipped, and neutered all at the same time, and I asked my vet why then.
It is only a shot, but the needle is huge, and if the animal isn't undersedation it can be very stressful. I don't like taking normal shots, and I wouldn't want my dog to go through getting a shot that would scare the heck out of me with just a local anesthetic. I am sure there is nothing wrong with doing it like that or there wouldn't be vets willing to do it, but the Mom in me just doesn't like the idea. I want vet experiences to be as pleasant as possible for my dogs.