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03-15-2014 11:42 AM
LaRen616 Sinister is not microchipped, he doesn't wear a collar inside the house or out in the yard but he does wear one when we leave the house that has all of my information on it. I know I should get him microchipped but I haven't yet.

Draco does not wear a collar inside the house or out in the yard but he does wear one when we leave the house, he was microchipped by the breeder, her information is on it as well as my information.
03-15-2014 11:28 AM
nktigger99 Heck, my kids, human children now have stickers in their shoes with contact info just incase....if I could put a chip in them I would.

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03-15-2014 11:23 AM
Originally Posted by counter View Post
Not to steal the thread, but is there a way to remove the chip if you don't want it in your dog? I'm adopting a dog that already has a chip (the current owner never put their info on it, but have all of the paperwork for me to add mine if I want to), and I don't really like anything unnatural in their bodies. None of mine are microchipped, and none wear collars/tags (because it mats their fur). I've never had an issue, but I'm also the exception to the rule, as I tend to be overly-extreme when it comes to responsibility. I love these dogs with my life and would die defending them. So...yeah...extreme probably, but in love nonetheless! Ha.
You can be extremely responsibility and still have something happen to your pets.....during the tornado here in Moore last May....dogs who were safe in their own homes were suddenly running free due to the houses being leveled or even minor damage like broken windows ect. Dogs crated in their own homes where found still in their crates some distance from their house. A microchip would allow the dog to be reunited much sooner then less chance of someone else claiming your dog.

I lived through a horrible experience that day...yes it maybe seen as rare, unlikely for most but it can happen. Stuff happens!!!

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03-15-2014 10:57 AM
Okin I can understand not wanting a microchip in your dog, but elective surgery to remove it with all the risks isn't the most natural thing either.
03-15-2014 09:28 AM
Originally Posted by Jakesworld View Post
Thank you all for the input. I think it's quite clear, the "pros" have it! That is until you read Momto2GSDs' story...scary. Kinda throws a monkey wrench in the whole decision making process. Over all sounds like good insurance, with odds of complications being slight. Thanks again. And Momto2GSDs, sorry you had such a horrible experience with it.
Hey Jake, don't let my story discourage you from getting a chip. Like I said, this was many years ago and a one in a million chance of this happening! I think the benefits truly out weighs the risk!

03-15-2014 08:56 AM
Twyla This isn't personal experience, but more then 2nd hand

Woolf's trainer breeds Bouviers. One of the pups out of her last litter had a reaction to the chip. A cyst developed around the chip, they tried draining the cyst initially, ended up having to remove the chip. The surgery wasn't the easiest for the pup since she was a high energy/drive little demon lol. She had to be kept quiet for a few days post-op.

On the other hand, both of mine are chipped with no problems.
03-15-2014 08:48 AM
Jakesworld Thank you all for the input. I think it's quite clear, the "pros" have it! That is until you read Momto2GSDs' story...scary. Kinda throws a monkey wrench in the whole decision making process. Over all sounds like good insurance, with odds of complications being slight. Thanks again. And Momto2GSDs, sorry you had such a horrible experience with it.
03-15-2014 07:43 AM
jocoyn No problems here. I have had pets microchipped for years.
03-15-2014 02:10 AM
Originally Posted by Jakesworld View Post
So my 7+ month old Jake, isn't microchipped. When Jake was a few months old I had his eyes done (checked) at a breeders clinic that also offered microchipping. I chose not to do it. I know if he were to get lost, and say his ID tags were lost as well, unlikely but possible, there would still be info to get him home. Here's the thing...microchips just remind me of oh, say, alien implants of foreign materials. Not that I've been abducted, that I know of. But the whole idea of it gets under my skin, so to speak. So has anyone had any problems like infections from microchips or maybe abscesses? Noticed any site pain or irritation? Any adverse side effects from having it done?
The only thing is a chip can move from implant I heard of. I do have one with an implant, and another tattooed. The thing is if they end up somewhere it is checked.
03-15-2014 01:33 AM
Serbrider I'm getting two free microchips. I have three animals I could use them on. Not going to do my older dog since she's such a homebody now, even though she escapes from any fence/enclosure... just so she can sit on the front porch and "guard" our house from birds. *rolls eyes*, but will be microchipping my cat and my puppy when the time comes.

My cat is an inside cat... BUT... he spent some time from October to December as an outside/inside cat per my parents' desire since I was living with them (I hated it). I originally had two cats. Both neutered males. My baby boy Malfoy took off a week after I moved in with my parents after my roommates kicked me out and refused to pay me over $500 in bills that were in my name... and well... a bunch of stuff. I lost the cat who I loved more than any other cat I knew. Probably should have known something like that would happen. I am great with cats I don't have a strong bond with. Those I do develop a bond with... well... the first got hit by a car (outside cat I had no control over), the second was a rescue at the vet clinic I worked at, his broken leg got badly infected and he had to be put down, and then Malfoy took off and I haven't seen hide nor hair of him since. He went missing October 7th when my mom let them out of the garage while I was at school/work... they both took off... and was only able to find Master... Malfoy is gone. Searched for months.

Still have signs up, still bump of facebook posts... but no luck.

If he had a microchip... it's not a guarantee that he would have been found... but had he been taken into a shelter at any point, he would have been scanned and I would have been alerted. Instead, my baby is gone... and my hope is waning that he'll ever be found.

So... that said, I am for microchips. Yes, if they break they can cause damage. I've heard of dogs being irritated and scratching and digging and actually do manage to get them out. But in the end... if something happens that it outside of your control, like the tornadoes that happened 30 minutes away from me, or a flood, or even a family member purposely or accidentally letting your animal out... even though a microchip isn't a guarantee of anything, if your pet does end up at a shelter or veterinarian's office, and is scanned, you will be contacted, and you can bring your baby home.

Provided you make sure the information is up to date that is.
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