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    What are peoples thoughts on microchips? Do you like, dislike, think they are useful, think they are useless? Do you like the idea of tattooing the ear to identify a MC dog?

    Bailey is microchipped and got the tattoo done when she was desexed. I like the idea and am dreaming of the day that all vets, councils etc make it compulsory to scan every dog that comes to them. I think this not only reduces the chances of lost animals never being found but would also eliminate (only if all vets scanned, and all dogs were MC) dog napping etc.

    GSD Breeder I show for doesnt believe in MC however her breed gets their ears tattooed.

    What are your thoughts?

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    I've never been fully sold on microchips. They are a great idea but are not as foolproof as everyone seems to think. One of my dogs has hers in her chest between her front legs due to it moving from her neck. I don't know if many operators would find it there. I wouldn't think that pounds staff who were in a hurry would be guaranteed to find it at all! And that's just one example.

    I would prefer tattooing but MC has become the legal one so there is no formal databases for tattoos (exept for Greyhounds and GSDs that is).

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    I am in favour of microchips, but as Nattylou pointed out they are not foolproof, even in terms of updating info, there must be an easier way to do it like liking to a drivers licence for example.

    I would also like to see compulsory tattooing on females to indicate desexed status, would save some dogs unnecessary surgery to find out.

    Ear tattoos for greyhounds is being phased out, while microchipping is being phased in for them - tbh I'm not sure if this is good or not, will have to wait and see.

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    With GSD's I find the compulsory ear tattoo scheme invaluable.

    I think microchipping has it's good points Judge, and outways the bad. But like others have pointed out, it certainly isn't foolproof! A registered tattoo for identification is.

    Every vet I've ever known tattoos with the small de-sexing emblem. I wasn't aware some vets were not doing this for cats and dogs???

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    I do like some ideas of microchipping, some things I don't.


    Also, I don't really see the point of the tattoo. Max got a tattoo in his ear when he got desexed, they say this is so that if they ever get out people can just look in their ear to tell if they have been desexed or not. But, some people are unaware of this etc.
    Honestly, they don't need it, doesn't it say on their MC if they have been desexed or not?

    That's just my opinion..

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    I know in NSW not all vets tattoo the ears. I don't understand why.

    Belle, yes MC details can indicate if the dog is desexed or not, however even if it does, councils need proof, such as a desexing certificate signed by a vet. With female dogs, without a tattoo the vet will have to open the dog up, whereas if they have a tattoo the vet will simply write a letter saying they have a desex tattoo. It's equally important for male dogs, although in most cases it is obvious lol, sometimes males can have undescended testicles!

    Also remember there are plenty of dogs out there that are not chipped, yet some of them are desexed.

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    So when I get Dora desexed I should ask for a tattoo?
    I like microchips Theyre not foolproof but its the best we got for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    So when I get Dora desexed I should ask for a tattoo?
    I like microchips Theyre not foolproof but its the best we got for now.
    Most vets do it automatically or have it on their consent forms. If Dora is MC then you may need to ask them to do that tattoo when she is asleep during the desexing.

    Bailey has both tattoos; one to say she is desexed and one to say she is MC

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    Yes Masha, I'd ask for a tattoo - all my dogs came through rescue and none of them have ear tattoos, but I DO have their desex certificates. I'm still annoyed they didn't get the tattoo done.

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    Ooh, I'll get both tatts then Thanks for the info

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