I was wondering if anyone did their own microchipping.
I have found two places where I can get them. At one place they are only $24.95.
At the vets they are $40.00 to $60.00 depending on the vet you go to.
With eight to nine puppies that is a lot to spend. Plus the nine dollars each for registration.
So I was wondering if it was very hard to do. I give my own vacinations and my vet said the biggist thing is that they are so big.
I guess he ment they weren't hard to do other then they don't go in quit as easy as a vacine.
I am getting four of the dogs done tomorrow at a clinic they are having at the dog show. They are only $22.00 each, but that still leave the momma dog and her puppies. So I am going to see how hard it looks and see if I can do it or not.
In the mean time I wanted to know if anyone does their own or what do you think of doing your own microchips? Also would I need to get or should I get a scanner?
***Edited By: langniappe on 6/10/2005 5:39:47 PM*** Reason: added
My friend does her own she had to buy the scanner she said it cost about 250.00 for the machine and then 7 dollars for each chip. She does it herself and says it is easy and I am going to get one at one point if I get that big. I guess if you have a kennel it is really good to have one and can save you lots of money in the long run. I don't have that many dogs so I wont get one until or if I go big! I have seen them sold in many pet magazines.
The only ting I know about microcrhipping is that you have to have the machine to read the chip. According to a news program I saw recenntly, not all machines can read all chips. I know that the microchips that PetsMart uses cannot be read by the reading machines ... or whatever they're alled ... by most vets or county humane socities.
My friend/dog trainer works at the humane society and works with dogs at a local small do registry. He offered to do mine free if I would pay for the chip, only $5.00. What I'm wondering is this. I'm not worried about Rusty or Bailey because they are tough. I am worried about Ariel and Lady. Ariel because she is so small and Lady because greyhounds have such thin skin. I'm wondering if it would be better to have the vet do those in his office. Opinions appreciated.
I do my own. I use the AVid friend chips and they are singlely loaded in disposable syringes-one time use only-that way I don't have to worry about if I don't get it sterilized long enough. I think it runs me about $10 a puppy since I buy a larger quanitity. I also bought a universal scanner that reads homeagain, avid and a few other chips. I've had really good luck doing them, a vast majority of the time they don't bleed and it's done before they know it. I do have someone hold them and clean the site very well before doing it. But really it is pretty simple. I did all of my dogs as well-much easier to do them as puppies. Even though I know who they are, I still have double checked them when breeding them and the chips have never miagrated on me, worked their way back out, or had any infections or problems.
***Edited By: myshadow on 6/10/2005 6:07:27 PM*** Reason: spelling
I use chips from 24petwatch. They cost 4.75 each with free shipping and come with free registration. They can be read by any scanner that can read Homeagain chips. The only problem is that you have to get a min of 25 chips, so it is not for everyone. I have used them for about a year now with no problems, and havenít noticed any migration problem either.
I usually do it around 8 weeks. However, I have done it as early as 4 days old with no problems when I had 2 litters at the same time and had to distinguish between them. I got a couple of females that for some reason like to kidnap and adopt each others pups when no one is looking. Chips come in very handy when it happens.
24petwatch got sued by Avid for patent infringements, so they are not allowed to sell their scanners in the USA, but since the chips can be read by Homeagain scanners, I got one from vallyvet.com for $220. Works just fine with these chips.