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    I can't think of a single downside to chipping your dog, only pluses. No question about it, chip your dog

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    I chip mine but I am looking into freeze branding. Would be easier to ID and not require a reader. I would do this in addition to chipping. Have seen it done to a few ranch dogs. Might deter a thief from fencing a stolen dog if it has a brand on it. Just thinking out loud.
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    All Gator Point pups are microchipped. This has found several lost dogs for clients over the years. As to a reader, your Vet will have one and can read it for you. Check around and sometimes you can find a good deal on the reader. I got my first reader from the people who sold me the chips and when they had an up grade for one that reads all chips they allowed me to return the old one and gave me a good on the new one. As a breeder you are assured that this is a dog from your kennel. Had a person try to bring in a ringer for a refund. Chips don lie. Never had one migrate that I know of.
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    Isnt it required by OFA ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn White View Post
    Isnt it required by OFA ?
    No. Has to be tattoo or chip for OFA to send results to AKC. Also if one wants the VPI designation. But chip is not required to submit to OFA. http://www.offa.org/pi.html
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    If you are going to "brand" or tattoo them, where are you going to put it and what are you going to put?

    When we had Shepherds, we tattoo'd in the ear, but nowadays, there are stories of people removing ears with id in them when they steal them.

    My first labs were tattoo'd with my phone number across their flank but that was way way before microchips.

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    I "borrowed" the Gator Pt method- THANKS A BUNCH Bill and Cleo!!!- left ear (drivers side ) FH08 ( "FH" for Firehouse, 08 for the year "2008"), right ear (passengers side) A05 ( "A" for the first litter of the year as in A, B, C, and so on with each litter named for a letter in order. And "05" for the individual pup in the litter, as in 1 through 10 in this case since there were 10 pups with this individual pup being the 5th one.). Using this info- FH08 A05, which is how I have it written on the AKC and UKC reg. (as well as it's microchip number) I can easily i.d the dog and so can the owner....which I did in this case on a returned dog, Firehouselabs Water Hammer "Hammie". I have also used it to i.d a dog over the phone when someone called and said that they bought a dog from someone that I had sold the dog to, which made it easy for me to look up the dog quickly in my files and update them with the new owners info. I also have to use the info on "Hammie" to do his EIC and OFA testing since we couldn't find his microchip anywhere, and we looked everywhere!!!! Luckily I had an optional form of permanent I.D. to use for the paperwork since I know for a fact that the microchip was there when I Cerf'd him as a pup with the rest of that litter! I have had chips migrate, but usually we could find them with the wand- and once with the elbow x-ray for OFA
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    Quote Originally Posted by firehouselabs View Post
    I "borrowed" the Gator Pt method- THANKS A BUNCH Bill and Cleo!!!- left ear (drivers side ) FH08 ( "FH" for Firehouse, 08 for the year "2008"), right ear (passengers side) A05 ( "A" for the first litter of the year as in A, B, C, and so on with each litter named for a letter in order. And "05" for the individual pup in the litter, as in 1 through 10 in this case since there were 10 pups with this individual pup being the 5th one.). Using this info- FH08 A05, which is how I have it written on the AKC and UKC reg. (as well as it's microchip number) I can easily i.d the dog and so can the owner....which I did in this case on a returned dog, Firehouselabs Water Hammer "Hammie". I have also used it to i.d a dog over the phone when someone called and said that they bought a dog from someone that I had sold the dog to, which made it easy for me to look up the dog quickly in my files and update them with the new owners info. I also have to use the info on "Hammie" to do his EIC and OFA testing since we couldn't find his microchip anywhere, and we looked everywhere!!!! Luckily I had an optional form of permanent I.D. to use for the paperwork since I know for a fact that the microchip was there when I Cerf'd him as a pup with the rest of that litter! I have had chips migrate, but usually we could find them with the wand- and once with the elbow x-ray for OFA
    Ya butt.......that doesn't do anything for someone who "finds" one of your dogs. Those numbers mean nothing to anyone but you.WRL

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    Guess I would ask why not micro chip a dog? I want mine back so I get it done. Duckdon

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    So for those who tattoo your dogs, why would you not microchip them too? If I remember right, I think it cost me 20-25 bucks for the ResQ chip & have it registered. I'm thinking about this like WRL, in the way that a chip has your contact info, & would be cheap security.

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