ID Chips for Dogs

  1. Ok, Matt and i have recently allowed 2 Labradors (both adults, 1 rescued, the other needed a new home because of his owner's physical limitation) to own us (heh, we can say we're owners but we know better). I have been reading about the ID chips online (the ads, the descriptions, etc.), but i wanted some honest opinions from a person or people that had it done for their pet(s). Have you had it done for your pet? Would you recommend this for someone else's pet? Any other info is appreciated.
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   adrienurse
    My cats both had microchips inserted at the humaine society when I got them. That was 6-7 years ago. It's pretty common here. They don't notice and there was only some initial pain during the procedure. There's a central registry for the information and most vets have scanners for when strays are brought in.
  4. by   beautifulb
    my noelle has a microchip that she had before we got her and we haven't had to use it. however, i have heard on the news of dogs reuniting with their owner's b/c the dogs have had the microchip. also, there was this cute beagle in my yard one time, very friendly and cute. since i could not find the owners, i tied the dog to a tree and called animal control. because that beagle had a chip, they were able to bring the dog to the owner.
  5. by   CritterLover
    [font="comic sans ms"]i have thought about having this done to my cats and dogs. however, when i talked with my vet about it, he said that the system isn't standardized throughout the country yet. he has a scanner, and microchips that he inserts, but a shelter that finds my dog might not have the same kind of system. he told me that if the scanner and chip arn't "compatable," then the scanner won't pick up on the chip. so i decided to wait for a more standard system before i invested in this.

    have you considered having them tatooed? it is permanent, they can't lose it, and it doesn't take any special equipment to find it. some communities offer this. either the inside of a hind leg or the inside of an ear is usually the location.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I'm kinda wondering about the tattooing option also (on the leg, you never know when an injury migh take an ear quickly). It'll be something else i'll ask about when it's Vet Time.
  7. by   prmenrs
    I've had it done to my cats. You never know. It's like a BIG shot--~14/15ga needle. I asked her (the vet) to do it while they were asleep for their neuter/spay business.

    Also, just having the chip isn't enough--you need to send the paper in w/$$ (not much) to register it.
  8. by   cardiacRN2006
    My dogs have it also. It is a big needle, but I have lost pets before and it's the pits. In my city, they immediately scan all animals to look for the chip.

    There was an article today about this:

    DOWNEY, Calif. -- Kobe the terrier is back with his family after a 1,400-mile trip. The small white pooch vanished from his Bellflower home last month and was found by a stranger in Denton, Texas. A microchip implanted in his neck contained his owner's information.
  9. by   nursemary9

    3 dogs & 2 cats--all have had it. No Problems.

    My first dog. ranger, had our name tatooed on inner lip, also, no problem.

    Mary Ann
  10. by   CHATSDALE
    son's babies have a chip..i didn't know that there were different kinds of scanners
    dog has been pretty good about staying in..can't keep the cat in because he works long hours and dog needs to get into back yard
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I'm thinking the tatoo would be the way to go, since, the ships are so universal. Only thing is, they BETTER be numbed or asleep for it, i don't want them feel that. I know my tattoo hurt like heck, but i also knew i was getting it, and the dogs wouldn't.
  12. by   SWRN84
    We had our boxer, Harley, microchipped when he was in getting neutered. He's now three years old and have never had to use it, thank goodness. Had to register his chip/tag with our name/vet's name, etc. I have heard that there are a couple of different chip companies out there, but I do feel more comfortable having him with it than without.
  13. by   psychonurse
    I had my baby Max chipped a few months ago after he had been at the poiund once and when I searched for him a couple of times. I think that he is more protected and the place that I take him for boarding and grooming know him so well that if someone else brought him in for something they would know that something is up. Hopefully it will stay that way for a while, I like the place that he goes for his grooming. Anyway, I think that mircochipping is the best thing to do and I think that if you pay the fee that most of the places are subscribed to the same place.