Monday, June 15, 2009

Here Chip!

After a mysterious three year odyssey, there’s a happy ending for a seven year old dog. Abby, a beagle cross, was found in Denver, Colorado last month, with no visible tags. Luckily, prior to her disappearance in 2006, her human had gotten her microchipped. A scan at a Colorado animal shelter enabled staff to to track down the owner who had moved to Kentucky. You can click to read more about Abby’s story.

Even though all of our cats and dogs have always been indoor pets, ever since the pet microchip technology became available, we have had them all chipped. We know that it only takes a split second for an open door to provide an attractive inducement to the outdoors and “away”. There has been controversy about microchips, not about their safety or efficacy, but about the lack of a consistent universal reader to scan all brands of microchips. You can find some good advice from the Humane Society and I would recommend discussing it with your veterinarian. But that teeny microchip, the size of a grain of rice, really can bring about a welcome reunion.


barbie2be said...

Moo kitty is strictly an indoor cat, but i insisted that the vet chip him for my own piece of mind.

sometimes i wonder why we don't chip our kids???

dancingmorganmouse said...

I love those stories.
Both our indoor pusscats are chipped AND registered with the local council. I wouldn't risk it.
Still, when teeny wee Ping had hers put in, I paled at the sight of the needle, it was almost as big as she!

dancingmorganmouse said...

Barbie2be, they chipped James Bond in the last movie ;)

Pink Granite said...

Hi B2B & DMM -
I didn't know about James Bond, but I remember something about a family in Florida wanting to chip their kids. And, of course, a "Law & Order" episode where a husband chipped his wife!