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Old 06-12-2010, 12:05 PM
 
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All of my dogs have been chipped since the chip first came out (maybe 20 yrs ago?). None have ever had problems. I've also chipped any of my cats that had the tendency to get near the door or escape. No problems with them, either.

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Old 06-12-2010, 12:12 PM
 
Location: East Valley, AZ
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My dog is microchipped. It was included in his adoption fee from the shelter
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Old 06-12-2010, 07:43 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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My boy came microchipped from the rescue where I adopted him from. I think it's also a good idea.
both dogs and both cats were chipped when i brought them home from the shelter.... AND when i sent a stray beagle boy to a foster earlier in the year, i had him fully vetted and chipped..... good thing.... little stinker escaped THAT yard and was found about 1/2 mile away.... the foster had not changed the chip info from my name, so when he was scanned, my vet's office came up.... i was able to give the finders the info about where he belonged and he was back home very quickly....

he has since been adopted into a GREAT forever home.... 3 kids and parents experienced with beagles and their escape-artist tendencies.....

i'm sure there are risks with having a chip inserted, but imo, the benefits FAR outweigh the possible risks.....
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Old 06-12-2010, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Phelan
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both dogs and both cats were chipped when i brought them home from the shelter.... AND when i sent a stray beagle boy to a foster earlier in the year, i had him fully vetted and chipped..... good thing.... little stinker escaped THAT yard and was found about 1/2 mile away.... the foster had not changed the chip info from my name, so when he was scanned, my vet's office came up.... i was able to give the finders the info about where he belonged and he was back home very quickly....

he has since been adopted into a GREAT forever home.... 3 kids and parents experienced with beagles and their escape-artist tendencies.....

i'm sure there are risks with having a chip inserted, but imo, the benefits FAR outweigh the possible risks.....
I fully agree. Yes there are the rare reactions to the chip, but the benefits IMO outweigh the risks.
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Old 06-12-2010, 08:00 PM
 
Location: ROTTWEILER & LAB LAND (HEAVEN)
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All Rotts microchipped here.
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Old 06-12-2010, 08:14 PM
 
Location: S. Charlotte
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My boy came microchipped from the rescue where I adopted him from. I think it's also a good idea.
Same for us as well.
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Old 06-12-2010, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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My elderly JRT isn't, our surounding counties only just got chip readers so it would have been pointless and considering his age and that he's an indoor dog unless I'm out with him on a leash or in his fenced area...not this dog, but maybe one in the future.
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Old 06-12-2010, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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We've thought about it, but never done it. It's expensive and most people here don't take found animals to the vet, so the microchip probably wouldn't do much good.
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:55 PM
 
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I have all my dogs microchipped. Animals I take from Best Friends in Utah are chipped for B.F., and if the chip is read, B.F. can refer the finder to me from their records.
I don't have the ongoing services that one can purchase on an annual basis.Just the chip for possible escapes. I watched my little terrier mix, Benny, rolling happily in the grass, and his collar with tags coming off time and again. I bought him a better-fitting collar, but still...
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Old 06-14-2010, 03:39 PM
 
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Chipping a dog is as everyone says a very important thing. There are some things to know:

1. Not all chips are created equal. Outside the US, chips are standardized. In the US they are not. Fortunetely most modern new scanners can read the different chips but from time to time, they indicate a chip but can't read the number. If stayong i the US, just about any major barnd chip will work, outside, you need to make sure your using standarized ISO chip.

2. Update your information with the registry. Can't tell you how many animals get scanned only to have the registry show the name of the shelter, vet, or still lsted as a manufactures number not the owner - or the address was 3 moves ago. You have to keep the info updated for it to do any good.

3. You must get the chip scanned every few years. Like all electronic devices, it could stop working. My vet scanes the chip every year just to make sure it works and not malfunction. Also with older chips they may have been manufcatured to a certain technology that is no longer in use and the universal scanners no longer can read them.

4. make sure the animal is not being rough housed near the insertion point until a m onth to let some protection develop around the chip. They can get damaged so let the body build up a little fatty protection.

6. Don't assume that the pet will be scanned by anyone but the proper animal control people. Strays brough to the authorized animal control facility must be checked for chips, but vets and rescue groups have no such requirment.

7. If you don't have a malfuctioning or non conforming chip, don't insert others. before gettinga chip inserted, make sure they are scanning for existing chips. Although the scanners can read various chips, most only lock onto the first read unit meaning most others may never be identified so long as one is working.

Chips do absolutely nothing while you have the animal, but if the animal goes missing, thats when the value of a chip comes into play.
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