would you microchip your dog?

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Do any of you microchip your dog?? I didn't think it was a very common practice -- but this article says that 3,567,715 pets have been chipped! I had no idea it was that common. What do you guys think?
 

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Yes! Both of my boys are microchipped.

Luckily, neither of them has ever been lost, but if they were I would want something more concrete than collars and tags to prove my ownership and to help them find their way home. I am a huge worrywort in general, too. D: Dogs with chips can still be stolen, but if they're taken to the Vet or a shelter, chances are they will eventually find out that the dog is lost.
 

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Yes, Buster is chipped. He was done a couple of years ago but now we've moved to a state where its mandatory so I'd have to do it anyway.
He doesn't always where a collar so I find it very important, if for no other reason than to proove ownership.
 

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I sure would !! It wasn't offered when I bred , but adopted Ollie came chipped . I've found one owner through chip and another that wasn't took forever !
 

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yes absolutely.

the two bullies are chipped. the collie will be when i get the nerve to do him awake (it's a big needle and he's an even bigger wimp).
 

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All four of my dogs are chipped. And today at work we reunited a little dog with his owners because of his chip.
 

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My thoughts on Microchipping are as follows:

1) they are not the be all end all for lost dogs
2) they can migrate on the dog
3) not all scanners pick up all microchips
4) not all shelters scan for microchips
5) even if they do, you still might not get your dog back

However, with that said-

all of my pets are microchipped, because it's one more way that could get your lost pet back home.
 

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No, actually. I understand that it has its respective reeasoning, and do not fault those who chose chipping. I do not chip much for the same reasons you may not chip yourself or your chiild. I understand, too, that dogs are obviously not the former, but this particular topic just happens to tread the same lines for me.
 

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I do and I'll continue to chip any and all dogs I have - unless research proves that it is reponsible for health issues (and I'm talking causation, not correlation) in which case I would reevaluate.
 

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Dekka, and Snip are chipped. I used to chip all pups I bred. Now with the link to causing cancer and the fact that so few places actually check... (not that I think the cancer thing is all that reputable) The whippets and dekklets are not chipped.
 

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Lola is chipped. She was not when I adopted her so that was done at the same time I had her spayed. She is chipped with a Home Again chip. I get these notics in my email for lost animals from them all the time but I see two problems with the notices. The first is the lost pets are not in my area as they send me notices for pets that are lost in NYC amongst other areas. Granted I could see NYC from the bay across the street but it does not mean that the dog will swim here that is lost.

The other problem is that the people that have the pets 9 times out of 10 do not have a photo of their pet with the notice that Home Again emails out. People should have a picture of their pet as well as their child which I am sure that most parents have a picture of their child. Take one of your pet also.
 

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Kenya was microchipped because I adopted her

now, as a volunteer from the shelter. I urge all of you to chip your pets..

this situation happens A LOT, a dog comes into the shelter as a stray and is held for the "give the owner a chance to find them" time. and is posted on the website.. people look on the website, see this dog, and MORE THAN ONE person decides they want it and that it is 'their dog"

with a dog with a chip. this is over quickly, we check, you're name is on there or you know the number. done, you go home with your dog

otherwise.. it takes forever. pictures aren't enough, especially with purebred dogs. and while its being fought out, dogs have to sit in the shelter. both people claiming that that dog is DEFINETLY theres.. its frustrating for all involved.

tattoos, for this purpose, are also something I really really have always wanted to try. but for now.. chipping seems to be it.
 

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Mine are currently not mircochipped. I can't decide if I want to yet or not.
Same boat I'm in. And like Elegy, I haven't done it partially because I've never had Meg under, and don't really want to do it awake. I'm actually much more inclined to tattoo - if I ever have to put her under for something, I would strongly consider it.
 

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Kenya was microchipped because I adopted her

now, as a volunteer from the shelter. I urge all of you to chip your pets..

this situation happens A LOT, a dog comes into the shelter as a stray and is held for the "give the owner a chance to find them" time. and is posted on the website.. people look on the website, see this dog, and MORE THAN ONE person decides they want it and that it is 'their dog"

with a dog with a chip. this is over quickly, we check, you're name is on there or you know the number. done, you go home with your dog

otherwise.. it takes forever. pictures aren't enough, especially with purebred dogs. and while its being fought out, dogs have to sit in the shelter. both people claiming that that dog is DEFINETLY theres.. its frustrating for all involved.

tattoos, for this purpose, are also something I really really have always wanted to try. but for now.. chipping seems to be it.
luckily all my dogs look unique enough and are 'well known' enough I am not worried. That and I would be calling all shelters etc in my area if a dog go lost.

But its the fact that many people don't look for chips.... shelters might, but I am going to call them anyway.
 

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