March 10th, 2005, 07:50 AM
Our vet recommended getting Sophie spayed at 5 months, which I plan to do. They also give a discount on microchipping if you have it done at the same time as the spaying, since they prefer to do it that way. I plan on doing that also. I don't plan on letting her get away from me but we do travel occasionally and I know things happen.
March 10th, 2005, 08:15 AM
My dog is not microchipped yet but was considering it. I'm waiting to see about the reader issues. I know that some readers are chip specific and some are universal. I believe they are trying to make chip readers globally universal. However, it may take a while for this to happen. I'm kind of on the fence on this one...
March 10th, 2005, 08:56 AM
We are 'chipped' :) If anything, it's a little piece of mind for me knowing if (IF) one of my dogs were lost or missing, they could be returned to me because of the info the chip holds.
Kinda like war amps key tags for dogs ;)
March 10th, 2005, 09:05 AM
I agree, they should make them universal. Should've done it that way from the beginning. What good does it do to have a chip if your dog is lost and the place it ends up has a reader that doesn't read your specific chip? Can they tell that the dog at least has a chip if the reader doesn't read that kind, so they can find the proper reader, or does it just not show anything?
March 10th, 2005, 11:28 AM
while they aren't universal, you can register any chip for free with 24petwatch.com...that way, the company who made the chip is notified, and if they can't be, 24petwatch can also be notified.
March 10th, 2005, 11:39 AM
Oh, yeah, there was something about registering the chip in the pamphlet they gave me. Maybe I should go back and re-read it. I just think it would be better than nothing if my dog got lost at least there's a bigger chance for getting her back.
March 10th, 2005, 01:24 PM
My pup has a petnet chip too - part of the program when we got her @ the SPCA. It's nice to know that if for some reason she get away or lost she'll be returned to me. The first year is free, but I think each year after that it's like $ 15 or $ 20 to keep your info up to date. Also registered her on the 24petwatch.com. She also has a tatoo, but those fade and are sometimes hard to read. Can never be too careful right?
March 10th, 2005, 02:26 PM
My doggies aren't chipped but I never let them out of my sight. If you leave your dog in the yard unsupervised for more than 5 minutes, I would microchip. It's better safe then sorry...
March 10th, 2005, 02:31 PM
The thing that worries me is if someone finds her or steals her and wants to keep her for themselves. Then how is anyone gonna know that she's mine, even with the chip? If they take her to the vet as a new patient will they automatically scan her to see if she's microchipped? When I took Sophie to the vet on Monday one of the questions on the paperwork I filled out was does she have a microchip. Just wondered.
March 10th, 2005, 02:35 PM
Ariel was chipped when she got spayed. She was registered with 24petwatch automatically. Its not that much for a peace of mind. Just like anything else in life, no matter how careful you are, poop happens.
March 10th, 2005, 02:44 PM
Yup, she's chipped. It was included in her adoption fees.
March 10th, 2005, 03:08 PM
My three cats and the dog are all microchipped,( universal type) have tattoos, and all wear personalized id collars that say the same:
Special Needs ..( not true, but cant hurt)
I thought all of this (except the tattoos, done at neutering) was unnecessary until my Himalayan cat slipped outdoors and vanished for six agonizing days. (I got him back, thankfully)
If someone steals your pet, no amount of id is going to help
Vets dont generally look for microchips as a routine - only if you ask them to, or if a stray comes to them.
Many people dont realize this though -it could be a deterrent for those who have stolen or are considering keeping a found animal without attempting to locate the owner.
Tattoos can be become illegible over time,and collars can come off the animal-especially cat collars.
Though they can "migrate" - its good to have them checked periodically to see that they are still in place - microchips will forever link you and your pet.
This gives me peace of mind :thumbs up
March 10th, 2005, 03:36 PM
Actually the "special needs" is a good idea because thieves are not interested in caring for special needs. If they steal my dog and find out he throws up until he gets an antinausea shot when he's nervous, I doubt they'd keep him...
March 10th, 2005, 05:03 PM
Both Tucker and my last dog were chipped, I feel better about it, what would happen if he was up north and lost his collar. If he got lost and they contact the company by phone or its even on the internet they give a pic of Tucker and all his info address, vet address phone number and all that stuff.I think it is a great idea.