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        09-24-2008, 08:05 AM
      #11
    Trained
    It was basically because in the beginning you couldnt move around unless they were vaccinated which also meant for showing. Recently they relaxed a little on all the laws as its been so long since there has been a reported case. Unless it pops up again I can't see it being useful for showing. I mainly like the fact that they can all be identified without a shadow of a doubt as my horses.

    I suppose if they are vaccinated for anything else in the future that they would add those details to the ones already on there. At the end of the day I like the chips the same as I like my dogs being microchipped :)
         
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        09-24-2008, 12:32 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    If your horse is stolen, one **** good way to prove it is yours is that chip.

    I have hesitated with chipping my horses because of talk about cysts, shifting, tumors, blah blah. My beagles are all chipped.
         
        09-24-2008, 02:33 PM
      #13
    Showing
    I have never had a horse stolen (knock on wood) so I wouldn't know what steps are taken as far as chips are concerned. My concern for a long time was people cutting the chips out of their neck. I quickly realised after I had my first horse done, that it could never be the case-mainly because of the actual size of the chip.

    I would hope that they were to scan a horse's neck when theft was in the equation.
         
        09-24-2008, 02:44 PM
      #14
    Super Moderator
    ....I'm undecided on the chips. None of my horses are chipped. I actually just got a chip put in my collie last week (I had him neutered). I'm not sure what I think of these chips because, wouldnt the person that "found" the animal have to be honost enough to ask for the horse/dog to be scanned to find the owners?

    Like I said, I got my dog chipped but I'm not sure I believe it will work...?
         
        09-24-2008, 03:02 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Yes the chips work. They serve as a permanent identification for your animal, whatever the species. They have been used in dogs and cats for more than 10 years. While not all sale barns, etc do scan for them if your horse is chipped there is at least a CHANCE that he will be identified as a stolen/lost horse.

    The risk of cysts forming around the microchip is extremely small--something like 1%. Migration of the chip has been something people worry about, but I don't believe there have been documented cases of this.
         
        09-24-2008, 04:10 PM
      #16
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ryle
    Yes the chips work. They serve as a permanent identification for your animal, whatever the species. They have been used in dogs and cats for more than 10 years. While not all sale barns, etc do scan for them if your horse is chipped there is at least a CHANCE that he will be identified as a stolen/lost horse.

    The risk of cysts forming around the microchip is extremely small--something like 1%. Migration of the chip has been something people worry about, but I don't believe there have been documented cases of this.
    I agree they work, that's why I had one put in my dog... but what my fear is... how many HONOST people will have the animal scanned? Know what I mean?
         
        09-24-2008, 08:24 PM
      #17
    Trained
    ^^^ you're right :) its better to err on the side of safety though and do what you can. I lost a dog once and he was returned to me when he was found because he was chipped. If he hadnt been chipped I wouldnt have him back. I know I have to rely on the person who found my horse (if I ever lost one of them) to be honest but having them chipped boosts the likelihood of having them returned. Nothing is fool proof though :) if chipping became more 'common practice' I think it would be more effective though

    Mine had no side effects to the chip and I often check to make sure it hasnt moved and apart from cougars chip which has moved about half a cm in the past year everyones are in the same place so I worry little about that now ;)

    As you can all probably tell by now im a huge advocate of chipping no matter what animals you have :) if it doesnt work it doesnt work but at least I know I've done everything I can to protect my animals ;) I was going to get it done before it was compulsory but then because of the EI the government ended up paying to have it done so I scored there ;)
         
        09-25-2008, 07:47 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    If you sell a horse that is chipped, you would nee to turn over the paper work to the new owner. They would they change the primary info to their own.

    I chipped my dogs because they are beagles and they roam. IF they were picked up by the SPCA (never happened) .... by law they are supposed to scan. IF they did not and my dogs were put to sleep, I would have slapped the county with a multi- million dollar lawsuit.


    The risk of cysts forming around the microchip is extremely small--something like 1%. Migration of the chip has been something people worry about, but I don't believe there have been documented cases of this.


    Thanks Ryle. I don't want to spread mis-information.... and I have not looked into it for the horses yet. Have had no problems with the dogs and it has been 7 years.
         
        09-26-2008, 09:23 AM
      #19
    Trained
    The microchip in one of my dogs has moved and is now just above her shoulder. I've been keeping a pretty constant check on it so I always know where it is. Hopefully we wont have any probs there
         

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