Skip to comments.Lost and Found (Microchips Become Mandatory for Santa Cruz County Pets)
Posted on 03/22/2014 1:53:05 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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The upside to this is, if some thug’s dog turns up dead after a dog fight, they’ll know who to come after.
Mine are chipped.
And registered with the national chip ID registry.
Yeah, it’s overkill.
The downside to this, microchips can cause cancer in pets
All that means nothing, unless you teach them their phone number.
I got back my chipped cat from the pound after a neighbor trapped it in his yard and took it there. Normally we have a collar on him, but he slipped out without it one night. Normally the pound charges to pick up your animal, but they waived it because he was chipped.
You put a collar on your neighbor?
Remember.Dr.Katrina? Most of the pets weren’t chipped or licensed. There were so many of them they shipped them out to rescue organizations and shelters. Most never got back to the owners who wanted them back.
If my dogs ever get loose I want them back so they are both chipped and Animal Control has the info as well. It is also earthquake country so even a moderate quake could’ve a fence over or pop a door open letting them out. The dog tags have both my cell and home numbers as well as my email address.
Since shelters and rescue organizations h ave limited space and the failure to get them back to t h e owners is a real problem if not chipped and that often results in t h e dogs being killed I am in favor of all dogs being chipped.
FWIW.....many people are *transient*....meaning they move from place to place. And I'm sure that the *last* thing they think about is to change their info in the database.
Also, I don't see people complying with the mandate, any more than they do with registering/tagging their dogs, in the first place.
Yeah, I call BS on that article. Anecdotal occurrences like those noted in the article mean nothing. And occurrence of cancer in lab animals is not the same as in normal pets.
The cancers listed in the article are extremely common in dogs, especially hermangio-carcenoma, chipped or not, so I wouldn’t jump to assume it has anything to do with chips.
We have been chipping all our dogs for years (we are dog breeders), essentially since they came out, and have not seen anything to suggest linkage with chips. (And of course, this is also no more than anecdotal either...)
My wife regularly scans veterinary publications for anything like this, that might benefit our dogs and breeding program. It hasn’t hit her radar.
In my opinion, the benefits of chipping outweigh the known possible problems right now.
I remember it well.
In fact, some people located their “rehomed” dogs and fought to get them back.
That was criminal.
And that is exactly why the vet who chips the dog includes his clinic number.
No matter where the owner roams, the vet remains and if he retires, another vet gets the info.
I have my dogs’ chips registered with the national database and the AKC.
No matter what, they are shown to be owned by me and at least one of the contact numbers I provided is bound to still be alive and reachable.
I wish I had those.
Alas, they’re just leather collars with 3/4” decorative spikes.
Not much use, really.
The key is moderation and choice.
For animals who cannot speak for themselves, I applaud it.
What if your mentally impaired parent or spouse wandered off?
Would you then demonize the chip that would get them home?
Please don’t tell me you’re into the whole ‘chips are the mark of the beast” silliness because they are not.
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