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Old 03-09-2014, 03:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I had Darius in the vet the other day for worming and will have him in again next week for a second round of shots. The vet tech said I shouldn't chip him until I have him neutered because the needle is so big. I wont have him neutered until he is over a year, if I do it at all. So is it bad to have him chipped awake? My other dogs had it awake and I only remember one of them having a cow but he had a cow about ALOT of things! I haven't had a dog for a while so I am slowly getting back into it and this little rescue puppy is sure worming his way into my heart! I want to do all good things for him!
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It's nicer to do asleep, but chip plenty if awake dogs. So I would just get it done.


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I chip as soon as I get an animal. Never had an issue with needle size ;-) I would just do it now.


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Are chips pretty standardized now or should I get one kind over another? I know people on social media, the first thing people say if someone posts up a found dog, "take it in and see if it is chipped" Good advice but will all chips show up?
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Niko was chipped at 1yr awake and didn't care and Gunner was done at 16 weeks awake and didn't even flinch, I wouldn't wait until neutering to do it.
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Most places have Universal scanners that will read any type of chip. My guys all have different kinds.


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The breeder chipped Kaleb the day I purchased him. Yes the needle was big and Kaleb did not like it, but less than 30 seconds afterwards he was running around like nothing happened. He was three months old.
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I've had small dogs chipped completely awake; some care about the needle, most don't. In any event, it's a very quick poke so the pain is pretty minimal regardless. I'd just go ahead and get it done
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I agree it's nicer to do when they're sedated but really I haven't seen a huge reaction. It's a WTH and two seconds later running around like fools again reaction
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Nothing wrong with being Chipped awake. I've had two dogs chipped awake and other than a whimper from one, they were completely fine. I know some vets won't do an awake chip, but most do.
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