Hey FrostyGirl, I was wondering the same thing you are..about a month ago. I couldn't decide whether or not to get my dogs microchiped..then they both got out and ran away. As soon as I got them back, I took them to the vet to be microchiped. He told me that it's a good idea for this to be done, because some people don't look at the dogs ID tags, or the tatto. So yes, I believe microchipping is a good idea. The vet told me that it's very effective...and a good thing to have in case your pet ever gets away!
the theory behind micro chipping is a very good one. every one i work with has their dogs microchipped. i do not though. i probably will in the future but i want to share this story. at the place where i work we deal with a rescue organization. when they bring in the dogs they have found for their health checks we routinely scan for micro chips. well we had a cocker come in that had a chip. we told the rescue person about it and assumed they would take it from there and find the owner. well 3 months later they brought that same dog in to be neutered so they could put him up for adoption. they never bothered to look for his owner. so how effective was that micro chip. i hope that there are more ethical rescue groups out there than this one.
I think it's a great idea. I would do it when my pet is under anesthesia though, the needle is a good size. I should of had mine done when she got spayed, but didn't think of it at the time, so now she will get it done when her teeth are cleaned. At our clinic we charge $25, so it's not a very expensive procedure to know that if your pet is picked up, stolen or lost that they can run it with the little detector and locate you.
I'd like to tell a little story about Sadie .For her a microchip would have been useless.She kept on running and eluded very one until she got hit.Amy identified her body for me.What good would a microchip be for her.No one could catch her.I think it's a good idea ,but in Sadies case if she had been microchipped ,it would have been useless.
I personally think microchipping is a great thing. I had both of my dogs done. You know, nothing works all the time as far as helping find your dog if it gets lost, but at least you have a *little* security. I personally recommend that your dog wear it's id tags that have rabies tag, microchip number, and your dog's name and your phone number. Why not do all you can to ensure your dog makes it home? How pathetic is it when the animal shelters find dogs and adopt them out or euthanize them because they have no idea who the owner is?
We microchip all of our dogs, typically around 4 months of age when they get their rabies vaccine. It's a big needle but most of them get the chip without even knowing its been done. Collars with tags can be broken or rubbed off; microchips are a great way to permanently identify your dog.
Micro-chipping: I recently went to the SPAC which is a Pet- Rescue here where I live. I had wanted to buy a Cocker Spaniel at the local pet store, but could not afford the $799.00, so I ended up giving up on the idea. I was able to adopt a 2 year old Lhasa Apso at the SPAC for $190.00. Part of this fee is that the dog is neutered, shots are up to date, and is found with no diseases. Also where I live they mirco-chip all the animals that will be adopted. Apparently, this dog was found on the high way near a Holiday Inn. I am thinking that maybe someones pet got loose? Just if the previous owner had this dog mirco-chipped they would have there pet today. Four years ago I lost a grey-silver-tipped-tabby, he was a member of our family for 8 years. He had gotten out when we were in the process of a move, I really wish I would have had "Dudley" mirco-chipped. I think its a great idea. And that every responsible pet-owner should do this. I sure wish I would have done this with Dudley.
I have had both of my younger dogs microchipped. (The pug is 15, so he ain't going far, especially since he can't see the door!) Where I live, the SPCA checks first thing for the chip. I took a stray in a few months back, and that's the first thing they did. They also checked for a tattoo (their tattoo, specifically) as they put a green "x" on the dog's tummy for id purposes on any dog they adopt out. I would definitely recommend the microchip! But, just to be on the safe side, my dogs also wear collars with the chip id number, their rabies tags and my name, phone # and the dog's names.
Yes. I have these words on the back of all my dogs tags. "REWARD - IF I"M ALONE - I"M LOST" If one of my dogs were lost....I would gladly pay a reward to get it back home safe to me. Microchipping is a very small price to pay if it even gives you a chance of having your dog returned to you safe and sound someday. My dogs have a very small chance of ever being lost, they are rarely even out of my sight...but they are all chipped, tagged and collared. It would probably not help if someone stole your dog..only help if it was lost and turned into a vet or shelter.
Its a great idea, if someone stole your dog and woundn't give it back, microchip is a good proof that the dog belongs to you. If your pet has been missing for a long period of time lets say, eventually the dog will have to go to the vets. If the dog is scanned, they would know the dog was stolen. A Breeder in the area had her house broken into and a French Bulldog puppy was stolen (show quality) well one day about a year later, this little girl got loose from where ever she was now living and ended up at a shelter.She was Microchipped and was reunited with her family. And they caught the guy that stole the pup(he tried to claim the dog at the shelter)...He was their pool man!!! Busted
Sue..you took the words right out of my mouth. My dog is microchipped..I consider it a back-up in case she looses her collar (should she ever get lost) but also I consider it insurance in case she got stolen (assuming I could find the thieves). I leave no room for doubt. My friend got two Boston puppies and one was stolen from her yard. She managed to track down the thief, but couldn't prove the dog was hers. Had her dog been microchipped, it would have been proof. She ended up paying these people off to get the pup back. I often get paranoid when our rescue group does 'dog events' and adoption days. I bring her along and am always scared someone will grab her....of course I'm so paranoid I never let her out of my sight. lol One of her tags had her microchip ID number and the 1-800 number to call. I take no chances.
I just read on a Bichon forum that someone asked if they should microchip and the vet said no because there are about 10-15 companies that make them and they aren't all compatible with the scanners, so if your dog is found and it isn't chipped by the company whose scanner the shelter has, they won't read the chip.
there are a few different types of scanners. the home again micro chip scanning system is the most widely used. another one that is used is called avid. the home again scanners will pick up an avid chip but it won't be able to read the numbers. it just tells you the animal has a chip. you would need to locate someone with an avid scanner to read the chip, in that case. the majority of the shelters, etc. use the home again system. if your vet uses that system you should be ok. except in the case like i posted above where the rescue organization ignored the fact this cocker had a chip and kept him to adopt him out to someone else.
microchipping is amazing and can realy work wonders. its also inexpensive . if you ever lost your dog and someone else brought it to the vet they automattically scan and see whose the owner . it can really work miracales.