Is your dog or cat micro chipped?

Avid micro chip - photo of Avid micro chip
@CharRay7 (1549)
United States
July 23, 2008 8:59pm CST
Hi I have five furry kids that are pictured in my avatar. Each one of them is micro chipped so if they ever run off and someone picks them up, if they take them somewhere like the Animal Control or a vet, they can scan them and find out that they belong to me. Microchipping has become quite popular in the USA. It makes it so much easier to identify who the owner is of the lost pet. In the past, pet owners had to rely on tags that were hooked to their pet's collar for identification. Unfortunately, if the dog somehow got their collar caught on something and was pulled off, there was no way to tell who owned the pet. I also have tags on my dogs collars too. I am so glad micro chipping was invented. Are your pets micro chipped and what do you think about a proposed law requiring pet owners to have their pets micro chipped when they get their rabies license? Happy MyLotting, Char
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@Modelcoy (184)
• Philippines
24 Jul 08
Wow! I have never heard of animal pets having them equipped with microchips as their identification and as their locator. Now that's High-Technology. But I was wondering, is it safe for the animals to have those devices? How is it being done? Is it installed in their bodies? How? and How much is that? Here at my country we don't even heard of having our pets get to be micro-chipped. If this works on animals, maybe it might work on humans as well... for as long as it is safe and okey for our body to handle.
@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
24 Jul 08
Hi Thanks for your response It is very safe for the pets to be micro chipped. The chip is the size of a grain of rice and injected in the fatty portion of their neck and no more pain than a regular vacination shot. It's not expesive at all. You can read all about it here: http://www.canismajor.com/dog/microchp.html Happy MyLotting, Char
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• Australia
24 Jul 08
It hurts a lot more than a vaccination shot! They scream out in pain and the needle is very fat. It's scary. The old vet I use to work at would always bring the animals out the back to insert the microchips so the owners didn't see the needle. I had to hold a puppy for him once while he was being microchipped and it broke my heart to see him screaming in pain! Sure, it only hurts for a couple of seconds but it's huge..and cruel to do it while they're awake IMO.
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@jess07 (319)
30 Jul 08
Hi friend, 2 out of 5 of my dogs have got an electronique chip,the other 3 are tattoed. We really care about our dogs just like and would not want to lose them!So the chip and tattoes really are usefull! Have a nice evening, Jess
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@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Hi Jess, Thanks for your response! I don't know what I'd do if one of my dogs was lost.. well I guess Panic first! lol The chips and tattoes are very useful and I would definately recommend them to anyone that has a pet! [i]Happy MyLotting, Char[/i]
@ABJones (34)
• United States
29 Jul 08
The day after I got my dog I got him microchiped. I live in a rough part of town and would hate for him to get out and picked up by animal control. Collers can slip off and i had people take the tags off my dog collers and put it on theres.
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@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Hi and Welcome to My Lot!! Thanks for your response! It sounds like that was the best idea to get your dog microchipped. People are so cruel. Especially to take the collar off one dog and put it on theirs. I hate people like that! [i]Happy MyLotting, Char[/i]
@ShepherdSpy (8561)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
25 Jul 08
My cat was chipped when He was young..I'm not sure if it's a requirement for rabies control,but my SO has a cat She's having chipped too and putting thru Rabies Quarantine So She can bring him with Her to the UK...
@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
25 Jul 08
Thanks for your response! I had heard it was a law in the UK for pets to be micro chipped but I don't know if that is accurate information or not. Happy MyLotting, Char
• United States
24 Jul 08
Yep, mine are chipped, and it's come in handy more than once, both for my dogs and dogs that have shown up in my yard. Most people don't bother to keep their dog's tags up to date or don't have identification plates on their collars, so the dogs are impossible to identify. Collars fall off and tattoos usually end up misshapen and hard to read as a dog grows. Microchipping doesn't seem to have any big issues, healthwise for an animal, as the animals that are being chipped don't live for 30 years. We've been chipping dogs since they came out and have never had a problem. You do have to make sure that you ask your vet to scan for the chip whenever you bring your pet in for a checkup or shots, because sometimes the chips can migrate or become encapsulated by the body.
@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
24 Jul 08
Thanks for your response! I'm glad to hear that yours are micro chipped. I think it helps the pet owner feel a little safer to know that their pets have a better chance cf coming home if lost. Thanks for the info about having the vet check the chip when they have their annual checkups. Shelby goes in Tuesday for her annual shots, etc. and I'll have to have them check it out. Thanks for the information! Happy MyLotting, Char
@palonghorn (5483)
• United States
24 Jul 08
Yes, our dog is microchipped, actually it was part of the agreement with our breeder. But, we would have had it done anyway. I agree, I'm glad they came out with the microchip, how often have you seen a stray that didn't have a collar on, so therefore no tags to identify the owner or vet's clinic. I would agree with the proposed law that owners have their dog microchipped. It is already the 'law' on military bases. If you live on post and have a pet, you have to have it microchipped, no matter the age of the dog.
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@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
24 Jul 08
Thank you for your response! I'm glad to hear that your dog is microchipped. I think it helps a pet owner feel a little safer that our pets would have a better chance getting back to us if lost. I didn't know that it is the "law" on military bases. Thanks for the information! Happy MyLotting, Char
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
24 Jul 08
My dog is microchipped. My mother got him done when she went for his checkup after we got him from the RSPCA. He lives at mum's house and it's lucky he is microchipped because he likes to wander off all the time. (i think that's how he ended up at the RSPCA in the first place!) I have two cats who live with me and neither of them are done. I will get my kitten chipped when he gets desexed and i probably will never get Isabella done. The reason for this is, she was desexed already when I bought her so she won't be needing any surgery anytime soon (fingers crossed). As a vet nurse, I have seen microchips placed and I have actually inserted them myself and it is one mother of a needle. Actually I wouldn't call it a needle, I'd call it a metal tube with a point on the end. It is huge. I wouldn't put my cat through that awake. She has an ID tag and she always stays close by. It might seem irrisponsible of me but I just can't put her through it. However, I do think microchips are effective in animals that are expensive, prized, sought after animals to prevent theft.
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@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
24 Jul 08
Hi my friend, Thanks for your response! I'm glad to hear your dog is micro chipped. All of my dogs were micro chipped when they were already under because of neutering or spaying or teeth cleening. They didn't have to go thru any pain. I know the vet can do it when they are awake, but fortunately I've not had to do it that way. All my pets are prized to me. Happy MyLotting, Char
@rosema (1145)
• Philippines
24 Jul 08
Hi friend, I guess that was a very fine idea by the government of the US. I believe its also expensive correct me if I'm wrong. I really have no idea about micro chip installed under the skin or fur of animal pets. I am fro m different country and we don't have that kind of law here. But that is really a good invention and i also believe its first use is for human before it was implemented to animals. Anyway scientist also use animals for their research either way.
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@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
24 Jul 08
Hi Rosema, I don't think the government of the US has anything to do with it right now. It is all voluntary. If you want your pet micro chipped, you can just take it to your vet and they'll do it for you. No, it's really not that expensive at all. Thanks for your response Happy MyLotting, Char
@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
24 Jul 08
When I got my kittygirl from the shelter, she was already microchipped. I filled out the paperwork to have her information changed to my information. Then the next ime I went to the vet with her I had them scan her to be sure it was the correct information. I think it is a great idea just in case. You never want your pet to be lost or missing, but it is nice to know that she is chipped so I can get her back home as soon as possible. Now I just have to hope that whomever finds her takes her to a vet and has her scanned. I mean, does the average person know that many animals are chipped nowadays?
@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
24 Jul 08
Hi, Thanks for your response! I'm really glad they came up with the micro chip for the pets. Mine have never been missing, but you never know when something could happen. Around here, if a pet is found they will usually take it to the Animal Control and they have a scanner. Hopefully, they will know that pets are micro chipped nowadays. Happy MyLotting, Char
@ebhjboo (121)
• United States
24 Jul 08
Hi CharRay! I don't have my dog microchipped. She does wear both her rabies and ID tags on her collar, which would help someone get her back to me if she ever ran off. I'm not quire sure what the cost of getting your pet microchipped is, but I don't think that it is necessary or right to force people to do this for their dogs. That should be the choice of the owner.
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@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
24 Jul 08
Hi my friend, Thank you for your response! My dogs wear their ID tags and rabies tags on their collars too. I just worry that if for some reason the collar comes off, the micro chip will still be there to bring them back to me. I tend to agree that it's not right to force people to micro chip their dogs and it should be the choice of the owner. I was reading about it online and I think the UK has a law that they have to be micro chipped so I thought I would throw that out to see what the responses were. Happy MyLotting, Char
@KawaiiInu (143)
• Uruguay
17 Jul 09
Yes, two of my dogs have Microchips, because we traveled with them and it's illegal to travel with a Pet without this kind of identification.
• United States
24 Jul 08
No my pets arent microchipped but who knows maybe they will try to microchip all of us humans before long to control us in all ways.FReaky aint it?
@alpha7 (1910)
• France
24 Jul 08
I think its good business for those Vet. guys!