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Old 02-17-2011, 10:02 PM
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Microchipping; yay or nay?

Hey all, I feel like all I do is ask questions here, but heres another one:
I'm moving across the country in a few weeks and my birds have no bands, is microchipping a good idea? What are the risks, your individual experiences, benifits? Do shelters/vets actually check birds for chips? I have worked in the veterinary field for 7 years and have never seen one scanned for a chip, or implanted with one at either of my clinics. I know when I worked Avian medicine we offered it, but no one ever wanted it... Opinions?
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:58 PM
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Re: Microchipping; yay or nay?

Shelters and vet clinics suppose to check all animals for micro-chips but most don't. My vet clinic didn't check my pets for it either. I always remind them to scan my dogs everytime I go in, but they remember me and my animals so I try not to push too much...lol. micro-chip your bird might be a good option since yours aren't banded. I don't like bands anyway.....
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:06 PM
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Re: Microchipping; yay or nay?

hummm i'd say if your bird ever got lose it'll be easier to claim ownership??
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Old 02-19-2011, 12:38 PM
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Re: Microchipping; yay or nay?

Mikey: Having worked in a few clinics, I can assure you they check at clinics, but only when placing a microchip (To make sure that someone else hasnt owned teh dog and had it stolen) or when a new patient comes in.
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Re: Microchipping; yay or nay?

Wait... I want to take the band off of Skyler, and have him microchipped. What information goes on the chips database? There would be no question if he were to be brought to a vet that he was mine after that right?
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Re: Microchipping; yay or nay?

This is really interesting... how much do you think it would cost? I like the idea of micro-chipping better than bands..
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Re: Microchipping; yay or nay?

Quote: Originally Posted by Tswift View Post
This is really interesting... how much do you think it would cost? I like the idea of micro-chipping better than bands..
Not certain, but the sites I just went to said between 35-50 dollars. I don't know though.
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:52 AM
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Re: Microchipping; yay or nay?

If your avian vet is doing it correctly your cost is as follows: Exam fee, Microchip cost, Mask induction gas anesthetic cost.
My research so far from the vets I work with has been that it can be done, but to avoid shock/trauma should always be done under sedation with a bird. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice (I purchased a set of 5 online for 60.00) AVID friend chips are your best option, universal ones though (Check with your vet...They should be 9 digit code) All regular day practice clinics carry the chips and if you're chipping 1-2 birds and not registered as a clinic (like me) or a breeder its best just to buy one at the time of your exam.
The chip goes into the breast of your bird, research/vets recommend against chipping anything cockatiel size or smaller. Then the skin is glued shut around the insertion point (Did I mention BIG needle? It's about the size of an 8-6g.)
The Chip contains a code which is linked to a database so when found and scanned (Required for ANY pet that is brought to a shelter, or if there is an alert out also to any vet clinic if it matches the pet described in the alert) the chip reader will pick up an ID number, which when called in to the company gives your pet's name, your name, address, phone number, alternate contact.
If your bird/dog/cat is lost you can call in to say AVID for example with your chip number and they will alert all shelters and clinics near you of your pet's disappearance.
I'm not 100% on this, but a co-worker mentioned to me about Home-Again chips (I have one in my French Bulldog) that they come with a certain amount of insurance against the pet's medical care when lost. Her explanation was a few thousand for accidents in the time that the pet has been reported missing if it gets hit by a car for example, or breaks a leg for whatever reason while its running loose, they'd cover it. With Home-Again you do pay a yearly fee of 17.00 so I'd believe it. Avid is a one time activation fee of (I think) 10.00 but most clinics register for you, and pay that fee.
I hope that answered some questions about the procedure/microchips, thats the info I know...Was just looking for case studies/people that have done it to their birds.
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Re: Microchipping; yay or nay?

Ok, Definitely getting Skyler chipped. I would hate to lose him and not be able to get him back. I know the chip doesn't guarantee it, but it sure does make it a heck of a lot more possible.
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Re: Microchipping; yay or nay?

I'm a lurker (usually) and don't post, just like to read about parrots. I just wanted to comment that all of my parrots are microchipped, except my smallest two (lovebirds). My oldest, a BF Amazon, 20 years old, was microchipped at my vet, wrapped in a towel, without sedation. She was MAD but not that traumatized at all, beyond what she already was because of routine blood draw and exam. It was quick and easy. My Congo Grey was microchipped just after I got him, as a baby on his first well-bird visit. My vet didn't want to do him so young, but I felt it was necessary, so he complied. As you know, Greys are extremely more sensitive than most Amazons, and he has remembered that event for all his life (almost six years now) and growls when we go to that particular vet office (not at others, interestingly). He probably should of been sedated for the procedure, but he survived and recovered his dignity. My Rosebreasted cockatoo is a total drama queen on a good day, so he was already screaming and flailing around during his restraint for routine blood draw and never noticed the microchip implantation. All three parrots recovered from the procedure with no ill effects and I sleep better at night knowing I can without-a-doubt prove that MY BF Amazon, Grey, and RB Cockatoo are actually MY birds and not just someone's similar-looking parrots. Bands can be removed but chips, not so easily. Totally worth the temporary discomfort to the bird, quickly forgotten and forgiven.
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