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Thread: Microchipping is One Thing; COMPULSORY Microchipping Another

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimbastaff View Post
    I have two feelings re this... as a rescuer I would like all dogs chipped with their breeders information and then them made accountable for every pup they chose to bring into the world... but I hate the idea of that needle and the damage done by it in one of my babies...

    I also question how well they work, I had a litter stolen and the new owner of one of the returned dogs was able to change all information without my concent even thou the pup was marked as stolen...
    In NSW, this should not have have been possible. However, laws and policies are only as good as those who admninister and police them.

    I have changed chip details on dogs who are recorded on registries in other states with comparative ease and without anyone requesting proof.
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    It has been the rules of the TCA for years that ALL puppies must be chipped before being sold and that BOTH parents must be chipped before mated.

    I'm glad they are making it compulsory for all dogs, not just registered ones.

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    The problem with migrating chips, in NSW at any rate, was corrected some years ago so I can't see why the other states haven't caught on. The brand of microchip was changed to a newer model that didn't migrate as easily.

    Tattoos also have their problems. They are difficult to read at times on some dogs. Also, I am not sure how old everyone is here but does anyone recall Houdini? Houdini was a Greyhound who was buried alive after his ears were cut off. Greys have had compulsory ear tattooing for many, many, many years.

    Again though, the risk of something like that occurring is probably low, just like the risk of cancer.
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    I do agree all pets should be identifible. But I know that some toy breeders have told me they don't like chipping puppies before 8 weeks due to a sheer size issue. It is a big needle for a little pup - but I would think it possible that the benefits may outweight the negatives.

    All ours are chipped, and I don't know about non-migrating chips as all ours that have been done over the last four years have moved slightly or more than slightly - even in our ferrets!!

    The major problem I've seen with them is a lack ofcommunication between some databases. In the ACT all chips they implant go onto the database run by the Lost Dogs Home which is in Vic, some NSW ones go into a different one, depending on who the local council uses etc etc.

    I've had a friend move from QLD to NSW and not realise that their database is not connected, and the owner's details didn't come up when her dog wandered and was picked up - just the chip number. She wouldn't have made it out of the pound if her owner hadn't gone there personally and found her.

    It is a great system, but is by no means perfect - although it is often touted as such.

    And yes, it is easy to say "I'd rather get my dog back and run a small risk of cancer", and I would tend to agree. But with numbers of chip related cancers on the increase, my opinion on that could change dramatically if it was my dog that succumed and I either lost them or spent thousands trying to save them.

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    does anyone know of any dogs that have actually be reunited purely because of microchipping... I don't actually know of any...

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    Personally no, but I saw on TV a while back a cat that had a chip.
    It didn't have the owners details on it but it did have the breeders and they were able to track down the current owner from that.

    Makes things easier with breeding too as they can do a quick microchip check instead of doing DNA to prove parentage. Of course it's not as accurate as DNA but is a handy tool.

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    I have two missing dogs atm... One was stolen 4 years ago and Mr B who went missing 10 days ago... both microchipped... I am sooooooo waiting for either of them to come home soon... both actually....

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    Hi , I work at a vet and I have reunited a quite a few long lost animals with their owners. One hadn't seen the dog for five years. They were stoked. So was the dog. After that, I got all my animals chipped.

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    I am so hoping for that happy ending Wasabi

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    When I worked in a large shelter we reunited many, and also could let owners know when a pet had been killed on a road etc. Which isn't so nice, but at least they know.

    I also reunited a breeder with a one sold, almost returned and then stolen dog she hadn't seen for four years. Which was fantastic for them both.

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