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Old 09-26-2008, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Tupelo,MS
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My husband and I have been talking about getting a micro chip in both of our dogs. They stay inside most of the time and we do have a fenced backyard, but it worries me when we travel that they may get out.(my parents do not have a fence yard and babysit often) Has anyone had this done and can give me information about it? Is it worth it? Price? Has anyone had it done and had a success story? Do local vets do this? Any information would help! Thank you so much!!
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Chicago suburb
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I think micro chipping is important to do. My dog's micro chipping was included in her adoption fee so I am not sure what the cost is. My sister had her cat micro chipped for $25 dollars at the vet.

We live in a house with a fenced yard and always walk our dog on leash and don't leave her unsupervised in the back yard, but things can happen. She did get out once when we first moved into our house when my husband was "watching" her. The gate was opened just enough for her to nose her way out. A neighbor got her and returned her to us because of her tags. She only got as far as the second house on the block thankfully.

I keep tags on my dog and the micro chip. I have the vet scan her at her annual physical to make sure it is working and hasn't traveled in her body. I do recommend this because if your dog gets out without identification how would anyone know who he/she belongs to? If your dog gets picked up by the "pound" and is labeled a stray and you don't locate your dog that's not going to be a happy ending for anyone!

Maybe others have had bad experiences with micro chips, I think it makes good sense. Good luck!
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Tupelo,MS
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Thank you so much! We will be talking to our vet about this very soon! For now they just have the tags on the collars, but you are very right when you say anything can happen and they can get out! Thanks again!
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:54 AM
 
Location: USA
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How do these work? Is their a GPS transmitter in it? Does it contain medical and owner info too?
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Old 09-26-2008, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Living on 10 acres in Oklahoma
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Please read these posts. Microchipping has been discussed on CD before:

Microchipping: The Good vs Bad (chip brands, long term studies, etc.)

Information needed about a Microchip for my pet???

Please ask me any additional questions if you have any after reading these.
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Old 09-26-2008, 08:52 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Cost for me was about 45$..but I have a large dog. I do believe it has your contact information in it and thats about it.
Ive personally had an experience where a microchip helped a stray dog be reunited with its owner. So, IMO they are very worth it. Jasper has had his for 4 years.
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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We have a rescue who was Microchipped prior to coming home.

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I feel piece of mind that if he were lost, I would have a good chance of getting our loveable boy back.

He wears a collar with our home phone and my email address, also.
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:05 PM
 
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Years ago my dog got lost when I was on vacation. I called every vets office in the city to see if anyone had brought in a dog that looked like her (she was pretty unusual looking!). All of the vets I called said no such dog had been brought to their office. To make a long story short - I finally found her and she had been taken to a vets office that I had called (they told me no such dog had been brought in). My dog did have a micro chip and they could have easily tracked her if the vet would have scanned it!

I have since asked other vets why dogs aren't scanned routinely. I am told that its too time consuming. Just a reminder that even if you have your dog micro chipped - it won't bring them home unless they are scanned!
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Old 09-27-2008, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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Years ago my dog got lost when I was on vacation. I called every vets office in the city to see if anyone had brought in a dog that looked like her (she was pretty unusual looking!). All of the vets I called said no such dog had been brought to their office. To make a long story short - I finally found her and she had been taken to a vets office that I had called (they told me no such dog had been brought in). My dog did have a micro chip and they could have easily tracked her if the vet would have scanned it!

I have since asked other vets why dogs aren't scanned routinely. I am told that its too time consuming. Just a reminder that even if you have your dog micro chipped - it won't bring them home unless they are scanned!
That is insane. I cannot believe that the Veterinarian is one of the culprits for taking shortcuts. I would think that they would be one of the big proponents for its utilization.
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Old 09-29-2008, 08:36 AM
 
Location: California
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All 7 of my animals are micro-chipped. Prices vary, but have nothing to do with the size of the animal. Some charge $25 for the chip, but then another $25 for registering the animal in your name. Last yr. was the last I had a cat done and it was a straight $45. I'm pretty sure to change the info the first time is free, after that $8.
It is, of course, not 100% that the system will find your animal...but in my opinion, another chance that he/she will be located.
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