|03-15-2014 11:42 AM|
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|
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|
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|
|03-15-2014 08:56 AM|
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|
|03-15-2014 01:33 AM|
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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