Hope this isn't an old topic but as you know I help out with a local rescue. I participated in an event on Saturday and was talking to a young couple about one of the young pups.
The young woman seemed fine & interested until I mentioned that the pup would be microchipped upon adoption (as most rescues and now shelters provide).
She looked horrified and insisted that her vet had told her they were not tested enough and could cause major problems down the road. I reasearched microchips online and haven't found anything that stood out as horrible for them. I even asked my own vet, who felt they were safe also.
Has anyone came accross any bad experiences with them? or can anyone explain the apparent look of "horror" that was associated with them? I thought this was very interesting as I look at them as a potential life saving precaution, not life threatening!
I post on another forum that has both a vet and several professional dog trainers, and they ALL use microchips for their dogs. I know this, because a newcomer to that forum had asked about it, and everyone without exception said microchips are both safe and highly recommended. Dog tags can be lost and tatoos can fade. Microchips last forever.
All of our dogs have them, and we've never had any trouble. The two we got from a breeder came with them, and we had one put in our rescue right away. The only thing is they are only effective if they are scanned. I know my vet doesn't have a scanner, neither does she put them in. I have to go to the next town over to get it done (about $10). I think slowly rescues are catching up and seeing the need to have scanners on sight. I know the rescue we work with is right by the vet that has one, they take them in for their shots and get them scanned too.
I know our breeder had many phone calls after all of the hurricanes in FL. She is listed as a contact until the new owner updates their info. Many of the owners did not do this, so when they found the dogs in the aftermath, they called her. She keeps such good records she knew which pup went where. I can't imagine where those dogs would be if she didn't just put them in automatically.
As for the 'horrified' look.... as you know there are a lot of crazy ideas out there. The only thing I can think of is that there are people who don't want any sort of microchip/ locating device in animals b/c they are terrified they will do it to humans as well. You know, the whole Big Brother thing. A lot of people don't want that kind of thing to start happening. That was the first thing that came to mind anyways.
that was my thinking too, but thought maybe their was something out their that I had missed... who knows? I really was just speechless (something that does not usually happen to me, especially when it comes to dogs) lol
My Italian Greyhound had problems with pain and swelling after he was micro chipped. It was the strangest thing. He does have problems with shots and bug bites. My vet just told me if he was still in pain or swelled after a day or two to bring him in (he was fine the next morning). I was very worried about him since my other IG was fine after being micro chipped. Maybe the other vet had heard of dog's suffering a lot of pain or swelling after being micro chipped.
I am a dog breeder and a veterinarian and we offer microchipping in our practice. In fact, in my city, it is required by law for any domesticated animals. It is tested and safe. None of my patients has ever experienced any side effects because of microchipping. :)
the old chips use to migrate and end up in parts of the body like the toes and other places where they could cause problems. the current ones do not have this problem and they stay put. the only problem that i can see is an infection resulting from contaminated chip or needle. if you follow all the proper precautions however to ensure sterility, there should be no problems.
If I seem to have a superiority complex, it is because you make it so easy.