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Old 12-27-2008, 10:45 AM
 
Location: NH Lakes Region
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If you are planning any international travel, especially in Europe, you don't have a choice about micro-chipping your pet. I lived in Egypt for 4 years, and while there the EU came up with cool new rules about needing to get pets micro-chipped to travel there. Since I could not get a definitive answer on whether transiting pets would also have to be chipped, I erred on the side of caution and had it done for all 3 of my cats - 8 lbs, 12 lbs, and 18.5 lbs (yes, he was big-boned... really). All three of them did very well - as one person said, I squirmed a lot more than my cats did! (I still have not gotten a definitive answer on the transit question).

Be aware that for the US and the rest of the world there seem to be competing specs, of course. Heaven forbid the US actually go along with the rest of the world with anything. Then, of course, the EU changed their specs on the system, so when I left the States 2 years later, I had to have my two cats micro-chipped AGAIN - to conform with the new specs. (FYI, Home Again is the chip which now will conform to both the EU and American specs...)

Happily, both again made it through the vet trauma much better than I. My cats are all indoor cats, but I have to say that if I were not a traveling person, I would never even have contemplated getting them chipped. That said, I do feel a bit of relief knowing that if they somehow got lost, there would at least be a slight chance of them ending up back with "Mom". Some extra hugs when we got home from the vet, and they seem to have forgiven me.
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Old 12-29-2008, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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One thing to consider: if you ever wanted to move overseas, say Europe, and take your animals with you, you have to have them microchipped. Just an FYI. I had both my cats chipped when they were first adopted and it was done during their neuter/spaying surgery so they didn't feel a thing. I can't get either of them to accept a collar so if they ever got lost there'd be no other way to identify them.
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Old 12-29-2008, 04:31 PM
 
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Microchipping your pet is morally wrong! Do you want someone mircochipping you?
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I wold never chip my cats and they always come home. In fact I got lucky since mine don't leave the yard. The chips can cause cancer and if we allow our pets to get it, guess whos next? Every living creature will have to be chipped....freekin scary stuff! Talk about big brother!
Wow. It seems a few people think microchip = tracking device. Not even close!

Like ShelbyGirl points out, a microchip is is an ID device NOT a tracking device, and it is helpful because cats & dogs can't rattle off their name, address and phone number when thy get lost. If my pets could talk, I probably would skip it.
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