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04-10-2014 11:35 AM
martemchik A tattoo is really more to be able to tell your dog apart from others more than a "return to owner" thing. They're cool but its all historic rather than useful. Sure...if your dog runs away, and you go to the pound, and there are 7 other shepherds there, you'd be able to say that the one with the tattoo is yours...but if you show up to the pound to pick up your dog, I'd hope that you'd be able to tell which one is yours without a tattoo.

I wouldn't tell a breeder not to do it if they're into doing them, but I wouldn't go out and get one done (neither of my dogs have a tattoo). But I'd for sure microchip because that has contact information on it so if anything does happen, any vet or animal rescue/pound can find the owner.
04-10-2014 11:31 AM
Originally Posted by kr16 View Post
Your dog doesn't have to be under to get a chip. The worst part is the noise when they stick it in, its like a pop. My dog didn't even flinch, cry or even notice it.
Mine didn't either.

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04-10-2014 11:27 AM
Originally Posted by Hunter4628 View Post
Aw, he's already neuterd.. but ill now be looking into getting a chip thank you

Your dog doesn't have to be under to get a chip. The worst part is the noise when they stick it in, its like a pop. My dog didn't even flinch, cry or even notice it.
04-10-2014 11:26 AM
nktigger99 Check your community there maybe something like that going on.

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04-10-2014 11:24 AM
nktigger99 I am getting Abby chipped at an outreach this weekend...only 20$. It is being put on by a local rescue. I think it is very happens.

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04-09-2014 07:26 PM
Is chipping my dog extremely important?

I'm another one who chips, tattoos, and put tags on my dogs (and most of my cats, too). As an FYI, a dog (or cat) does NOT need to be "out" to be chipped. I usually have them chipped and tattooed when I have them altered, but I've also just has them chipped when they got their shots. My dogs are tattooed on their inner thigh, by the way, not their ears.

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04-09-2014 12:05 PM
erintaylor1995 I just got my dog microchipped and it didn't even bother him. He just sat there, no whine or anything. He got away from us one day but came right back, but it freaked me out so I got him microchipped.

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04-09-2014 11:57 AM
Originally Posted by Traveler's Mom View Post
Just an FYI- My now 7 year old came w/tattoo from his breeder in Germany at 3 months old. I can barely make out the numbers now between fur and fading.

If I had to start all over again I'd likely chip him.
You can chip them at any age!

04-09-2014 11:54 AM
wyoung2153 And I do want to point out.. it's a really simple process and isn't very painful for the dog..
04-09-2014 11:53 AM
Redrider469 I definitely think the chip is important. I see so many people searching for lost dogs. Why not give yourself a better chance of being reunited with your dog, should he become lost?
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