YES! Get it done. My parents just lost their dog, and are now kicking themselves because they never had it done. You can have it done at the animal shelter, here it is $11 at one shelter, and $14 at the other. A very simple and cheap procedure, but potentially worth thousands when its put to use.
When we brought Baxter home he was microshipped and I had my vet confirm that it's there and the number matches my paperwork. I do plan to have the others done. I do want to remind you all to PLEASE have your vet scan your dog and make sure the number matches! I have heard of cases when the dog was found but the numbers were listed wrong and in this case a bichon's tage was supposed to be a large breed dog. To my knowledge they never were able to find the found bichon's owner. My vet doesnt charge to check the tag and really you should make sure anyway since the chips can move--my vet scanned him all over for a minute or so before he found the chip because we knew it was SUPPOSED to be there. I wonde rhow many times a found dog isnt scanned long enough....
All my pets are microchipped. Please though do not rely completely on it. Your pet should still wear a collar with a tag. My brother's dog who was microchipped ended up at the pound. My brother found her there and they said they scanned her but did not find the chip. It was really clear she was never scanned as we took her in and had her scanned to make sure the chip was still there. There it was right where it was suppose to be.
All of our dogs are done and for the past few years all of our puppies have left micro-chipped. It is a really big needle, like a harpoon really, but my husband does the proceedure, which after shipping is about $15/per chip-- but then all the numbers are automatically registered to me.
Buster's previvous owners gave him one. It was a big plus for me that he already had one. I had lost my puppy last November she wan't chipped. So I am always going to chip now. If for no other reason the local SPCA can't adopt out your dog or cat if they find them. Local animal control has a 24 hour policy hear. After that they are put on the adoption floor..... or worse. So yes I highly recommended it.
I MC all my dogs and every pup i sell, so keep that in mind when you read the rest of my post.
lets say your dog manage to get out from what you thought was a very secure yard. he gets on the freeway, get hits by a car and causes a 5 car pile up. 10 people end up in the hospital and a couple in the morgue. if the dog can be identify and traced back to you, what do you think will happen to you. even if no criminal charges will be filed against you, you can bet some of the victims and their family will hold you financially responsible and sue you for everything you got. That would not have happened if the dog could not be identified.
just one argument of many against microchips. if a dog can be identified so he can be returned back to you, it can also bring a whole lot of trouble back to you.
I have mircrochipped dogs. I think its really important to protect them. If they get lost they can find who the owner is and get your dog back to you or if they get stolen you have more proof its your dog.
Sure it can bring trouble back to you, which is GOOD, the dog is your responsibility so take responsibility for what it does including the bad.
***Edited By: true_pits on 10/26/2006 11:40:38 AM*** Reason: .
Juno-- THe #1 cause of companion animal death is becoming lost (says the Avid ad). That is all that should matter. I guess folks buying my puppies don't have a choice in the matter because mine are done before they leave.
I think is should be required at licensing just like a rabies shot. People should be repsonible for their dogs, if they kill livestock, bite or harm some one or cause a 10 car pile up. They are responsible, don't like it, don't get a dog.
I don't mind being responsibe for my dogs becaue I am responsible for my dogs.
Juno - Does that really hold up? Have there been any court cases?
I would think any judge would laugh the case out of court. As a driver, I am responsible to be in control of my car at all times. If a deer runs out in the road and I swerve and hit another car - I'M at fault, not the deer.
So... my argument would be - if a dog runs out in the middle of the road and I put on my brakes to avoid hitting Fido. And the car behind me doesn't stop... the car behind me is responsible for the accident. Not Fido, not me.
My dogs are not microchipped... but not because I don't think it's a good idea. My 11 year old dog is too old, in my opinion to put him through that. Our vet is hesitant to give him any kind of a sedative for fear of how he'd react. Our 6 mo old pup we simply have not had the time to take in to get it done... just as soon as Football season is over and I have time to breathe... he'll be in to get microchipped.
Sometimes when dogs are lost the tags come off their collars or they slip out when they do not have the collar on. I want to take every precaution and do everything I can to get my dog back to me so both of mine were microchipped when they were spayed/neutered.
My dogs all have been microchiped. While at the pound rescuing some dogs after Hurricane Frances. A fellow came along to claim his dog which disappeared from his yard 3 years previously. Needless to say everyone was in amazement. Aparently the dog got stolen (ShitZu) and due to the hurricane he ended up at the pound. When they scanned him the found the original owner from the 3 years previously. The room was full of people trying to get their dogs, rescuing looking to see after the hurricane. Everyone was crying with happiness. Amazing story............all to a microchip