hmmm...it is totally up to you, we opted to have both of our kids microchipped it was about $15.00 each, plus the peace of mind to know that if ever we were to loose one of them or were separated from them for any reason we would be able to find them again. I don't remember the brand off hand, but the company can track down the microchipped animal within 100 yards. It wasn't painful for them at all, in fact both of ours got it done the same day they went in to be neutered/spayed. They insert it like a shot in between their shoulder blades. Just my two cents!
Rusty & Stickers came to us microchipped by the breeder. I guess if the dog was being sedated for some reason I would do it. My good friend just got a Golden Retriever puppy. She had the Vet do it during a routine well check. He warned her to turn her head or leave the exam room. She said he told her it was quite painful but fast. Her pup let out the biggest cry!! I would have taken his warning and left the room.
When Murphy comes home and goes for his first Dr. visit, we're going to have him chipped. Oscar is also due for a vet visit and we've decided to chip him too (after 8 yrs without it). Can't be too cautious!
The rescue we got Twinkie from microchipped her for us for free. I was there when they did and and she didn't make a sound. They have to kind of a big gauge needle. She took it well. Our company is 24PetWatch.
Menna was chipped last friday and didn't seem to notice and she is the biggest baby ever and howls and squeals if she runs into something (happens often) I'm taking it that it doesn't hurt if they are being distracted.
I brought Winston for a microchip to our vets about 4 years ago.
I was surprised on how fast the procedure was. It's just like giving them a quick vaccination.
The vet pulled some of his extra skin out and "squirt"....it's done! Winston didn't make any noise at all!!! I guess because he is a tank, nothing can hurt him.