Microchipping Your Pets

Old 04-23-2014, 09:55 AM
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We always have our pets microchipped when we adopt them. We recently moved out of state and we had to take all 4 of the dogs in to a new vet for their annual vaccines. I asked the vet to scan them so they could have their microchip # on file. One of our shepherds, Cooper, who we have had for 5 years did not scan for a chip! We watched Cooper get microchipped and had a positive scan at the shelter when we adopted him 5 years ago. Chips can migrate out of the skin if not inserted correctly. Just wanted to pass this on. I intend on having them scanned at their annual appointments from now on.
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:43 AM
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Thank you so much for that info. I'll pass it along to my DD to check the microchips on the boys
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I thought about it and decided to not get my Puppy Shih Tzu microchipped. He is never out of my sight. We have a small fenced yard inside of a large fenced yard. I always go outside with both dogs, they can't get out of the small yard.
My Daughter had a dog given to her that had been microchipped by three owners before. No one ever checked to see if she had a microchip.
Chances are if someone stole a dog they would not take it to a Vet. My Vet always scans dogs and cats, even puppies and kitties, not all do.
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Yea, and people stealing dogs out of their own yards is epidemic. Perhaps when someone answers a Craigslist ad for a purebred dog....CHEAP... They will take their new , cheap pet to their vet...and find out the true owner!

I am NOT taking any chances on my pets...just in case! ( animal shelters , etc)

it just takes one incident to lose a pet, IMHO.

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I worked for the local humane society for 3 or 4 years and was told at that time there were 3 different chipping technology. Most vets would only be able to scan the chip by the machine they had chosen. I hope that makes sense.

Technology has changed over time, look at our sewing machines going out of date, but many of us have older dogs, do we know what machine was used? I sure don't.
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When I was still breeding, I micro-chipped all my puppies before they left for their new homes and instructed the owners to re-register the chips to their names/address. This way even if the new owners fail to register, the chip can be traced back to my vet (and me).

Jingle .. I hope you reconsider chipping your small dog. As Sandy pointed out - dog napping is on the rise, especially small purebred dogs.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by KalamaQuilts View Post
I worked for the local humane society for 3 or 4 years and was told at that time there were 3 different chipping technology. Most vets would only be able to scan the chip by the machine they had chosen. I hope that makes sense.

Technology has changed over time, look at our sewing machines going out of date, but many of us have older dogs, do we know what machine was used? I sure don't.
Most of the new scanners will pick up any microchip by any company. I posed that question to my vet on Monday. 2 of our dogs are chipped with Avid and 2 are with Home Again and they all scanned with my vet's scanner.
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My vet scans my dog and cats at every visit. He told me the chips can work out of the skin so he checks. DH thinks I'm nuts for chipping our outside cats. We live with woods and creek all around us, no traffic, one way in and out so it's not like the cats are going anywhere. They are all boys, neutered, and never go far. It's cheap so why not.
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Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
Most of the new scanners will pick up any microchip by any company. I posed that question to my vet on Monday. 2 of our dogs are chipped with Avid and 2 are with Home Again and they all scanned with my vet's scanner.
good news indeed! It is about $45.00 to chip a pet here by the way, how about anywhere else?
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Originally Posted by KalamaQuilts View Post
good news indeed! It is about $45.00 to chip a pet here by the way, how about anywhere else?
It cost $60 Monday to chip Cooper. A couple of times a year, our local low cost spay & neuter clinic will offer them for $20
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