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Anonymous:Hi, has anyone here had their dog's microchip removed? We microchipped ours when we used to travel a lot but now we don't need it any more. I've tried to talk about it to a vet but he refused to even speak about it let alone doing it. When we microchipped our dog we agreed it won't be there forever, and now it seems I'm going to have troubles finding someone who can help us. If you know such a vet in Ohio please let me know, thanks!
Why do you want to remove it? First of all any dog (and cat in my opinion) should have a micro chip even if you're not traveling anywhere if the dog happens to run away or get lost it is very important for you to be able to find him. The microchip is not any sort of electrical device it is simply a bar code with a number that you scan and the number pulls up your information on the computer. I got my hairless cat micro chipped and I'm getting my other cat microchipped as well, Since they are hairless you can see the chip under the skin and I'm telling you It's not something that can be removed without causing a lot of pain and invading your dogs body for no reason. I suggest you go online and look for more information about the chip I am sure that once you learn about it and understand what it is and it's uses and importance you will change your mind. If I'm not mistaken it is also legally required to have all dogs micro chipped.
My cats are indoor only and they are both microchipped. If your dog ever escaped, you'd never be able to find him! Any operation is tricky, even removing a chip. Your vet and probably no vet will do it. Just leave it in there.
Anonymous:I'm not happy about tumors that can develop because of a microchip. I understand your concern, thanks, but the decision is already taken. The thought of something implanted under my dog's skin forever doesn't let me sleep well. Why do you say it will cause a lot of pain? It will be done under anaesthesia and I'm sure my dog will recover quickly. When we decided to microchip him we were told that yes, it would be possible to remove it in the future. Now we face reluctance. Why then, were we misled?
I had spoken to my vet about this and the risk of tumors is incredibly small. The risk of something happening under anesthesia for pets is greater than the risk of tumors. Vets do not want to put your dog under for an operation for a thing that isn't causing any problems because you aren't happy about it. Operating and putting an animal under anesthesia is ALWAYS a risk! Even for spaying and neutering we take the chance, for a dental, etc.
I agree with the above posts. In this very situation, the risk of tumors is much lower than the surgery and anesthesia risks. Of course, you can keep looking for a vet who'll agree to remove it but please think twice.