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Hey all, my dog is getting spayed next week and my vet recommened that we get a microchip ID implanted in her at the time of the spay. We live inside a city and so naturally there are many lost/stray animals wandering around and we don't really have much of a back yard (we have no front yard) so I am worried if she were to ever get stolen or become lost that we would not be able to find her again.<br><br><br><br>
Has anyone had this done to their animals and do you recommend it? I am also looking online for any reviews of this procedure. The company our vet uses is called HomeAgain.<br><br><br><br>
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I don't personally have a pet I've had this done to, but a friend of mine recently lost their dog and had him returned to him only because he had one of these chips in him. I had never really thought about the ID chips before, but after watching my friend go through that, I would definitely recommend it to any dog owner.
 

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The microchips are tiny, smaller than a grain of rice from what I understand. I've seen cats mircochipped and it doesn't seem any more painful than an ordinary injection.
 

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I would definitely recommend it. It can really make the difference in recovering a lost pet. All of my cats are microchipped, I think it's definitely worth the $20.<br><br><br><br>
Make sure to ask if the company they use lets you change your contact information online. Two of my cats are registered with a service that does that and the other one isn't (she was 'chipped when I got her). It actually costs money to change her info, so I just have my parent's contact information on her, so I don't have to pay $6 every time I move.
 

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Thanks for your replies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hamster.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hamster:"> I am a worrier and am really nervous about her surgery in general. I'd heard of these things but hadn't really thought about it before my vet brought it up tonight.<br><br><br><br>
So far, the only negitive I've been able to find online is that not all shelters, vets, etc. are capable of scanning for the chip and not all places use the same company and their equipment is proprietary. But I am going to call the local shelter (humane society) tomorrow and ask them if they scan for chips and with this particular brand. Other than that it seems to be a good product.<br><br><br><br>
The microchip costs about $45.00 and I am on a very limited budget with this so I want to make sure it's safe for her and would be needed. She wears a collar with an ID tag already but those can come off and then we'd be SOL if she were brought into a shelter outside the city.<br><br><br><br>
Amy, your cats healed well from it and there were no infections at the injection site?
 

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Absolutely no infections. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> There were no complications at all.
 

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Make sure to ask if the company they use lets you change your contact information online. Two of my cats are registered with a service that does that and the other one isn't (she was 'chipped when I got her). It actually costs money to change her info, so I just have my parent's contact information on her, so I don't have to pay $6 every time I move.</div>
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Thanks bps. I am reading the pamphlet the vet gave me and it says that you fill out an enrollment form with contact information and it's stored on their database that is available 24/7/365. If my dog is brought into a shelter, they scan her, get the id number and call the company to match it with my contact info, then I am notified. It doesn't really say that you can change your info for free but it mentions free membership to their (the microchip company's) website.<br><br><br><br>
And it's funny that you mention giving them your parents info. I have been tempted to do that as well. I've had three different cell phone numbers in the last 40 days and my parents phone number hasn't changed in about 26 years (since I was born). When I ordered my puppy's id tag I had one number but by the time it was delivered about two weeks later, I had another number. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br><br><br>
I'll go to their website tomorrow and see if they give more detailed information there. I don't have to decide until her surgery next Friday but so far it sounds good and I appreciate the personal recommendations.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
ETA: Thank you, Amy. I need to get to bed already... it's almost 3am and I am up worrying about a microchip. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/doh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":doh:">
 

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Check first on the size of the microchips that your vet uses. I'd also heard that they were tiny...the size of a grain of rice. Well, the microchip in my little dog is quite big...more like the size of a medium-sized capsule shaped pill. It's extremely noticeable....every time I pet her, I feel it. I feel like I have to be careful when grooming her because I'm afraid it'll hurt her. Granted, she's tiny and scrawny, but still...it's MUCH bigger than a grain of rice. Heck, I can SEE it through her skin! Same vet microchipped my older dog and I can't feel it or see it on him. Am actually planning on having them run the scanner over him next time we are there to make sure the microchip is still there.<br><br><br><br>
I wouldn't have gotten it done except that I was going to the States to see my folks and was worried that the dog sitter might lose them or something.<br><br><br><br>
Also, if your dog or cat is thin, it CAN be painful. My older dog (who is a normal weight) is a wimp, but was wagging his tag throughout the procedure. My younger dog (who is very, very thin) is my little tough girl, but she cried. Of course, it didn't help that the vet screwed up and it actually popped back out of her and the vet had to try again. But again, that may be due to her (my dog, not the vet) being so thin. I can't imagine it would be easy to insert something that size into such a small, thin dog.<br><br><br><br>
And no, for those who are worried, she is not unhealthy. She is just really, really thin. She has lots of energy, a healthy appetite, and has a clean bill of health. She was a little bag of bones when I got her and every vet we've ever visited has said that she may just always be a scrawny little thing.
 

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Hello,<br><br><br><br>
I am a first time poster here, but not unfamiliar with RFID chips, the kind you are talking about putting into your pets. Are you familiar with National Animal Identification System (NAIS)? That is where the government wants (first) anyone who has even one livestock animal - which includes horses and pot-bellied pigs) to register their premises with the government. Second, individual animal id chips and lastly, report on the animal movements. You can learn more about NAIS <a href="http://nonais.org" target="_blank">here</a> or <a href="http://henwhisperer.blogspot.com" target="_blank">here</a> .<br><br><br><br>
My reason for posting to this thread is that I know for certain that implanting RFID chips into animals causes health risks like tumors and also the chips migrate. One llama owner reported finding 4 chips in a llama she bought.<br><br><br><br>
If you chip your pets, eventually you will be in the system for government tracking of pets. They plan on doing that. They want to track everything and everyone, that is the reality.<br><br><br><br>
But, my big concern for you guys is that you are putting your animals at risk. Your vet isn't going to tell you the truth because 1) they don't know anything other than what the manufacturer tells them, 2) they stand to make money off the sales, 3) they don't know anything other than what they have been told.<br><br><br><br>
Here is another link to help you educate yourselves before you chip your pet.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/verichip-fda.html" target="_blank">http://www.spychips.com/press-releas...ichip-fda.html</a><br><br><br><br>
Please investigate chipping before you do it and I mean, do some research other than what the vet or the chip manufacturerer tells you.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks if you read this far.<br><br><br><br>
Henwhisperer
 

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Hello,<br><br><br><br><br><br>
My reason for posting to this thread is that I know for certain that implanting RFID chips into animals causes health risks like tumors<br><br>
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Have you got any evidence for this as chipping is very common in the UK and there have been no recorded cases so some more info would be interesting.<br><br><br><br>
The older style chips could migrate but the newer type dont seem to.<br><br><br><br>
Chipping can literally save your pets life if he strays and ends up in a pound.
 

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All our cats are microchipped, and I've actually had to call the microchip company when a stray dog came into the yard and he was wearing only the little yellow tags with the microchip number on them instead of a regular tag. The company was very friendly, easy to work with and the guy was contacted to take his dog almost instantly.<br><br><br><br>
You can also put health information on the chip as well, so if you can't be contacted right away but your animal is diabetic, or needs medication, etc. they'll know and be able to give it to them.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Henwhisperer</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Hello,<br><br><br><br>
I am a first time poster here, but not unfamiliar with RFID chips, the kind you are talking about putting into your pets. Are you familiar with National Animal Identification System (NAIS)? That is where the government wants (first) anyone who has even one livestock animal - which includes horses and pot-bellied pigs) to register their premises with the government. Second, individual animal id chips and lastly, report on the animal movements. You can learn more about NAIS <a href="http://nonais.org" target="_blank">here</a> or <a href="http://henwhisperer.blogspot.com" target="_blank">here</a> .<br><br><br><br>
My reason for posting to this thread is that I know for certain that implanting RFID chips into animals causes health risks like tumors and also the chips migrate. One llama owner reported finding 4 chips in a llama she bought.<br><br><br><br>
If you chip your pets, eventually you will be in the system for government tracking of pets. They plan on doing that. They want to track everything and everyone, that is the reality.<br><br><br><br>
But, my big concern for you guys is that you are putting your animals at risk. Your vet isn't going to tell you the truth because 1) they don't know anything other than what the manufacturer tells them, 2) they stand to make money off the sales, 3) they don't know anything other than what they have been told.<br><br><br><br>
Here is another link to help you educate yourselves before you chip your pet.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/verichip-fda.html" target="_blank">http://www.spychips.com/press-releas...ichip-fda.html</a><br><br><br><br>
Please investigate chipping before you do it and I mean, do some research other than what the vet or the chip manufacturerer tells you.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks if you read this far.<br><br><br><br>
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Where is your proof?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Henwhisperer</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Hello,<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
If you chip your pets, eventually you will be in the system for government tracking of pets. They plan on doing that. They want to track everything and everyone, that is the reality.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Here is another link to help you educate yourselves before you chip your pet.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/verichip-fda.html" target="_blank">http://www.spychips.com/press-releas...ichip-fda.html</a><br><br><br><br><br><br>
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Err.... ok. You're friends with Silver, right?
 

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Err.... ok. You're friends with Silver, right?</div>
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That was my first thought.
 

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My dogs are all microchipped. I'd advise everyone to do it.
 

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The microchip costs about $45.00 and I am on a very limited budget with this so I want to make sure it's safe for her and would be needed. She wears a collar with an ID tag already but those can come off and then we'd be SOL if she were brought into a shelter outside the city.<br><br><br><br>
Amy, your cats healed well from it and there were no infections at the injection site?</div>
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Do any shelters in your area offer it? The vets here charge about $45 too. The shelters do it for $15.
 

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I live in Korea, so I'm not too worried about the American government keeping tabs on me via my dogs' microchips. I can't imagine the Korean government doing that. They have much more important things to be doing.<br><br><br><br>
What worries me more is that I doubt that the microchips are even all that helpful. If my dogs get lost, I first have to hope that someone finds them. Then I have to hope that that person doesn't keep them, sell them to a dog soup restaurant, or rehome them. Because dog abandonment is so rampant, most people do not assume that a dog wandering the street is lost; they assume that the dog is homeless. IF anyone does anything for the dog, it's extremely likely that they will just try to find the dog a new home without trying to find the original owners. So where do microchips come in? The vet we go to now is the FIRST one I've had who has scanning equipment. THe first in nearly 10 years. Since 2002 alone, I've lived in four different cities.<br><br><br><br>
So why did I get them chipped? They mean too much to me not to take every opportunity to ensure that I have a chance of getting them back if they are lost. And if the Korean OR American government wants to track me via my dogs, they must be horribly bored, so I hope they give me a heads-up so I can put on a good show.
 
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