I have heard alot about microchipping and I know it's a big thing now. But I was just wondering how safe it is. I hear it's just a routine injection, like a shot, that places information in their body. What exactly is involved, is it safe, and what if I move and need to change my address info? Can you just update it on a computer, or does the procedure have to be done again? What does it cost? Could there be side effects of putting foreign matter in the dog's body?
Of course I want to do everything I can to ensure the safe return of my dog(s), if for some horrible reason they get lost. My dogs are well-behaved and I take them to parks, beach, etc. off leash often and know that there is always an associated risk to this.
I keep seeing this microchip commercial with the adorable white (maybe boxer mix) thinking about how he "has gotta get that squirrel" lol
My dogs are micro chipped. It took a couple minutes to get it done and they didn't even flinch. The information can be updated on the internet and also with the vets office. My dogs don't wear collars at home because they can be a choking hazzard, I feel safe this way. Also if some one steals your dog and removes the collar then claims the dog is theirs, you have proof it is yours.
We got the microchip done on our dog 5yrs ago and he's never had any problems with it. It took about a minute to get it in and he didn't even notice that anything happened. I think it's a great safety precaution for you and your pet since most vets and animal shelters use them to idetify lost/stray animals. For the overall price of the microchip and injection.....barely even compares to the security of a returned pet.
My dogs are chipped. Someone once tried to steal one of them 4 times, even though she was wearing a collar, harness and id tags. They tried to claim they didn't know she belonged to anyone. Is it not obvious?? Come on!!
I got my dog chipped too. I think a good idea would be chipping them with a GPS type chip. Sort of a Lojack for dogs. That way if your dog ran off you wouldn't have to depend on someone reading the chip and contacting you, you could just track the dog down yourself using a GPS tracker.