how to get my dog's microchip removed?

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  1. carrie73

    carrie73 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi, my first post to the forum...

    I wondered whether someone could advise me on finding a vet willing to remove my dog's microchip? We had it put in when we were regularly travelling abroad, and since the dog will not be travelling abroad again, we would like it removed.

    Would be grateful for any advice. (I am not trying to start a debate on microchips! Our decision has already been taken! :) )

    Thanks,

    Carrie
     
  2. mattyh

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    It doesn't need removing. It won't do any harm and may help to reunite you and your dog later on. Why remove it and cause the dog suffering etc? If it were causing the dog discomfort, I'm sure your local vet would be able to advise. Have you spoken to them?
     
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    Why do you want to remove it :confused:. Surely its better been left in so if your dog does happen to escape from you at least you can get it back. I would imagine it will be hard to remove and would cause your dog alot of discomfort :(. Dont get me wrong im not having a go at you just trying to figure out you would want to remove it. All my cats have micro chips apart from a really old cat and they never leave home.
     
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    hi ya....i would leave it there myself...both my dogs are microchipped.:D
     
  5. Fade to Grey

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    I'm also confused about why you'd want it removed just because your not taking him abroad again doesn't mean he wont need it ever again. Plus i dont really think its possibly to removed them?
     
  6. mattyh

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    I guess you can, as it's only an implant under the skin... but it'd mean cutting pup open, which seems a bit pointless, unless there's a good reason for it :confused:
     
  7. carrie73

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    I did say I wasn't trying to start a debate. The decision has already been taken. The reason is that I put it in for one reason only, and that reason no longer applies. I've spoken to a couple of vets and they won't remove it. So how do I find one that will? I should add that I have all the paperwork to show that I bought the dog (from a top Border Collie kennel), registered my ownership with the Kennel Club, had her vaccinated, got her passport, etc. I am not a dog-thief!

    When I had her vaccinated, I did not agree for it to stay in forever, and therefore I would have thought I could find someone willing to remove it. Or is it against vets' contracts with some party or other (the manufacturers? Bayer?)

    Maybe some vet here could tell me?

    Also, am I right to think that only a local anaesthetic would be required?

    Please - no advice that I should leave it in. Everyone is welcome to their views, but if someone wants to start that debate, please could they start another thread. Thanks!

    Best regards,

    Carrie

    PS she's not a pup; she's 4.
     
  8. mattyh

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    The reason vets won't remove it is it's a pointless procedure and would inflict unnecessary suffering on the animal. Same as a surgeon (excluding a plastic surgeon) wouldn't remove something from a human that was causing no discomfort. There is no good reason to do it.

    Please try again to explain the good reason you have for removing the chip.

    EDIT: This isn't supposed to be a debating point, it's a fact.
     
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    hi, i dont think anyone is trying to start a debate, but probably just cant understand why you do want it removed? after all it is doing no harm,may help you find your dog if ever lost/stolen and even under local anthestic will still cause some discomfort for your dog? and then the added cost of having it removed? if you didnt put it there yourself you would not even know it was there so really the old saying 'why fix it if it aint broke' springs to mind? sorry not trying to tell you what to do but just cant understand the reason?:confused:
     
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    Are you wanting it removed because of health issues or possible health issues in the future? Because research has shown that microchips do not cause things like cancer even though a small minority think it does, this is completely unfounded in cats and dogs.

    Having it removed will involve a surgical procedure, and an unessersary one at that which in my opinion only is cruel to do to any animal. Its like saying you don't like they way their ears look so lets shave a bit off :mad:

    I would also ask myself why all the vets you are speaking to are refusing to do this procedure. Do your dog a favour and listen to the advice of these professionals!!!!!!
     
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    If you post of a forum you tend to get people's opinions whether you asked or wanted them or not I'm afraid! :D

    I am guessing the reason a vet won't remove it is because they believe the risk in removing it is greater than the risk of leaving it where it is, and therefore it goes against their code of conduct to remove it. Removing would mean risk of infection, cause pain to the animal etc. The only way you may find a vet to do it would be to ring round, but it is doubtful they would remove it, I am afraid.

    If you feel there is a problem with the microchip being in, then why have it because it suited your purpose at the time? (eg. travelling abroad so felt it was needed?) But now you feel it is such a problem/danger that you would like it removed?

    I appreciate the recent scare mongering re microchips has some owners worried, and I am the last person to do anything that isn't neede dmedically to my dogs (no routine vaccs, no feedign commercial processed foods etc) but mine are all microchipped, despite the fact I am as sure as I ever could be that they will never be needed. To me, the risk from a microchip is smaller than the risk of my beloved pet getting lost and never returned to me.
     
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    I dont know any vet that will remove it unless its causing an obstruction or there is a health reason to do so.
     
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    I know you didn't want a debate and I am not debating this. My opinion is to not have it removed.

    The only time a vet would remove a microchip was if it had failed and of course as it is a legal requirement if taking your pet abroad and this is what you were doing they would remove it to send back to the manufacturers but would indeed replace with a new one.

    I work in animal welfare and I see a lot of things that would turn you into a quivering wreck, so inflicting unwarrented pain to an animal in my opinion is no better than some of the terrible things humans do to our beloved animal friends everyday
     
  14. clare7577

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    very strange idea:confused::confused:i must confess until you stated proof of ownership i assumed he was stolen;)cant see any valid reason for removing chip,what happens if he gets stolen/lost you cant prove ownership!
     
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    I think you will be very lucky if you find a vet to remove it , as they move and he would have a job on his hands never mind the poor dog, all my animals are chipped i cant see a problem, but you must have a good reason to want it removed so bad and put the dog through unnessary pain, Just my thoughts not a debate , sounds very unusual though.
     
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    I've never taken the line 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. I understand some people do, but to discuss the relative merits or demerits would raise questions of overall attitudes to life that surely don't need to be aired here?? :) I simply don't like my pet being internally tagged like an object, but consented to it so we could take her in and out of the country, which we will no longer be doing, so let's go back to the state of things before she got tagged... I don't want to sound miffed but I don't need advice on how if she gets lost I'd be thankful she was tagged, and so on. I am also a bit surprised that my approach seems weird to some people. After all, not everyone rushed to get their dogs tagged as soon as tags became available...

    (By the way, I also like windable car windows, because they can be opened and closed when the engine is off. I prefer them to electrically operated windows, despite the latter being more widespread and sold as an 'improvement'! Other people's mileage may vary, which is fine by me! :) )

    Jeanie - it wouldn't put the dog through any pain. Presumably an anaesthetic would be used - unlike when it was put in.

    Anyway, thanks!

    Carrie
     
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    So... you're prepared to risk putting your pet under an anesthetic to remove something that isn't doing any harm, and MAY help in the future?
     
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    Hi, i have to agree with you about the car windows we to have wind down ones so the dogs can get more air when needed, but i meant your dog would have to be cut which means stiches i would think, and not nice for her at all, but everybody to their own , my dogs never muffed when the chips were put in or my cats, i also think you will have a prob finding a vet who would do it, this is just my own thoughts , you must do what you think is right for your dog, :)
     
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    I think a vet would look into all aspects of removal and would think removal wasn't worth the risk of using anesthetic. I'm presuming also that you would be happy to leave it in if you were still travelling abroad so can't see the point of an unnessecery op really imo :)
     
  20. Kay2008

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    Like everyone's said, they highly doubt any vet would remove your dogs microchip without good reason.

    So all you can do really is get a list of all your local vets (or however far you're willing to travel) and give them a call and ask to find out. If it was me, that's what I would do... (I wouldn't bother getting it removed anyway, but let's not go there).
     
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