Avoiding the Pitfalls of Microchipping Your Dog or Cat

Written by Jan on December 17, 2014 – 10:30 am


Mary Wall, DVM, allowed us to post this valuable information on microchips and how to prevent, avoid and surpass many of the common issues that arise.  Two of my own dogs have had chip migration issues, with their chips traveling down their shoulders. I hope you’ll take the time to read this valuable post.  — Jan

scared-dog-editedFirst of all, there are many manufacturers of microchips (MC’s) and thus many different groups that register them and, also, ***IMPORTANT*****  many manufacturers of microchip scanners. Although there are some scanners that will READ all types of chips, there are also scanners that do not.  (I have made it a point to own a scanner that will read all types of chips—–I cannot vouch for either the SPCA, rescue groups, or other vet clinics).


1)  If you know they have a MC, ask your vet to scan and confirm that it is present, functioning and the number documented is correct.  Every time you go to vet, ask them to scan  (we do!!)  And sometimes, we find NO chip, extra chips, or the wrong number chip (disastrous).

2)  Ensure that all of your personal info is current with your own company of registration.  When we move, change email, change phone #, microchip registration may not always be on our “remember to notify” list.

3)  Try to keep a microchip tag on pet’s collar.  I realize this can be impossible, but it is very helpful to do so.

4)  Understand what a chip can and cannot do.  It can return pet to owner, IF:
-properly scanned
-scanned by a scanner that can read the type of chip you have
-all information with the registry is accurate  (or at least some of it)
-a MC is not a tracker, and if you have not registered the chip, the only info that is obtained is who purchased that chip;  if it was a breeder, a disorganized shelter, etc, there may be no way to find you.
-if you adopted a previously owned pet, you had better be sure that the contact registration is now for yourself.


1)  We scan and find multiple microchips.  (I found 3 on one dog once!!!)  One not uncommon cause of this is that pet was never scanned prior to chipping and there was already a chip there.  (another is that the scanner used by chip placer #2 and #3 was not able to even ID the other chips already there)

2)  I have scanned and found NO chip.  I had a recent experience, details below, and the clinic who did the chipping declared “chip gone dead”.  I was SO ANNOYED that I took radiographs and found NO CHIP present—-(yes, microchips show up on radiographs/X-rays).  I mean, the owner had microchip info on the paperwork, but no tag on the dog but there was no chip.
The common mistake here, IMHO, is that who ever inserted the chip did a poor job of doing it.  It fell out, or maybe was never placed.  There is a tiny bit of art to microchip placement (which is why only the vets do it in my office).

3)  I have scanned and found the wrong chip number, compared with the tag or adoption agency paper number.  Here, the cause is ignorance, chaos and people not caring enough to do the job properly.  (Again, IMHO)  Usually, these chips come from a shelter of some sort where they perhaps is an “assembly line” set up for spay/neuter/chip, in my experience.

BTW, one can surgically remove a microchip.  I am saying this not to encourage stealing a dog, but sometimes there can be problems with transfer of information.
Also, there are some companies (I met one in Florida) who sell chips and register chips in their registry  (these are chips they have marketed from another manufacturer, oftentimes to breeders in my experience).  This particular company sells someone else’s chip, charges to register and answer the lost/found pet line Monday through Friday from 9-5!!!
Be aware, if you have above situation you can also register with the AKC registry (nothing to do with pure-bred dogs, they make Trovan chips and will register anyone’s pet/chip).  So one can have a dual-registration and multiple tags from different registries with the same chip #.  I really like that the AKC does this!

So—microchips can be an incredible blessing, but if not dealt with properly, an incredible curse!  If one calls the wrong registry, has the wrong chip number, inaccurate owner info…….well, you get it!


What inspired this?  Lots of things but, in particular, a recent event where vet clinic claimed bad chip (BS-like NO chip) and they did not even have the  chip number (albeit not implanted in this dog) in their computer system.  “we changed software several years ago and I guess it wasn’t transferred “  We KNOW that clinic bought that chip from that manufacturer.  I took radiographs to confirm no chip——there was no microchip—–so we put in a new one.

Then there is the dog from shelter that had NO chip.  (this shelter mailed a new chip to me to implant—-good for you Doc Williams Shelter!!!)

Then there was dog from SPCA who had a chip that did not match the number on his tag—–we got that straight for them, but for not scanning, we would never know.

Then there is the dog that has 2 chips.  She came from a rescue group who chipped her but already had a chip from Washington State.(we live in SC)  Dead end on the info for former owner in WA, and we helped owner to change the former registration, lest someone only find that chip, a dead end and then deem the pet as no longer owned.

Then there is the dog with a chip that needed me to place a 2nd chip, called an  “ISO” chip to leave the country, only to go elsewhere for insemination where this vet either did not scan or owned a scanner that did not read all chips, thus there are 3 chips in this dog.

OK, enough stories, I hope you get the message.

OH, and BTW, two of my patients have chips that have migrated to their elbows. (not done by me, but I am not saying that couldn’t happen)  So scan entire body!!!

Please use this information wisely to ensure the safety of your most beloved pets!

Dr. Mary Wall

Thanks again to Dr. Wall. I discuss additional problems with microchips, including what a world-renowned veterinary oncologist told me about microchips and cancer risks in the new e-book version of my book, Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care. It debuted as a #2 Amazon Bestseller in Dog Care, thanks to many of you who purchased it. It’s still available at an unbelievably low price and makes a great gift.  You can read it on a computer, tablet or phone with the free Amazon app.  Or click here to read 10% of it free on Amazon.


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A Crash Course in Vaccination and More (for less than two dollars)

Written by Jan on December 4, 2014 – 8:54 am

Hi Everyone.  Most of you found this blog because you suspected your dog was damaged by vaccination, or feared your dog might be. I’d like to make finding the information you need much easier.

Over the past year and a half, I have updated and expanded my national award-winning book, Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care. I spent the most time updating and reorganizing the vaccination chapter, trying to make it an easy, sometimes even fun, trek through a difficult subject. The new chapter is divided into three sections: Why Over-Vaccination is Dangerous, Safer Ways to Vaccinate and Resisting Pressure to Over-Vaccinate.  As before, it’s narrated by Chiclet, a wickedly opinionated dog hoping to set humans straight.

THIS WEEK ONLY, the new digital edition of Scared Poopless is available for just $1.99! After introduction, it will be $9.99.


You’ll find similarly in-depth, but easy to digest, information on dental care, pest prevention, nutrition, anesthesia and surgery, finding a healthy puppy — and a lot more. The book now has 611 pages (up from the original 272) and 260 color photos (up from 90). It’s designed so you can read each chapter as a separate book. All for $1.99!

This new digital edition is available for reading on a computer, tablet or smartphone with the free Kindle app, available at Amazon.com. (Using the smartphone, you can check information in your vet’s waiting room before vaccinating.)

Scared Poopless is the perfect gift for family, friends, clients … and yourself! Buy as many as you want at this amazing low price. You can even read 10% of the book FREE before buying it at Amazon.com. (Click the Kindle image; better yet, click the “Try it free” widget on the right.) Note: You can send the book as a gift at any time you specify. All you need is your recipient’s email address..

IMPORTANT: On Sunday, December 7, the price will increase. Get Scared Poopless today. Want the paperback, too? Buy a new paperback at Amazon and get the Kindle edition for just 99 cents more; see Kindle Matchbook. Click here for both editions. Or go directly to the Kindle Edition. I think you’ll love this book! If not, you will have only lost $1.99. How good is that?


WINNER, Ben Franklin Award for the Best Health Book (of any kind)
USABookNews Award for the Best Pet Health Book
Dog Writers Association Best Health Care Book


“This is a wonderful book! … I have rarely been so impressed by any publication! I’d recommend this one to everyone with a dog.” — Jean Hofve, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

“Imagine a book on canine health care that’s also fun to read … packed with everything you need to know about giving your dog a happy and healthy life. A word of caution — Scared Poopless is written in such an attractive, conversational style, you may find it hard to put down!”– Animal Wellness Magazine

“[Jan’s] commitment and motivation to speak up truthfully for our animal companions is admirable and boundless!” – W. Jean Dodds, DVM, internationally-recognized authority on veterinary vaccination, the immune system, blood disorders, thyroid disease and nutrition

 Give it a try now at Amazon.com.

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My Seven Favorite Halloween Dog Safety Tips

Written by Jan on October 29, 2014 – 10:30 pm

Every year, Chiclet T. Dog, the national award-winning author of Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care, puts out her Halloween warning. This year, she’s particularly excited to contact you because her book will soon be available as an updated and greatly expanded e-book! It will have nine more years of research into holistic dog care (almost double the content), and 260+ color photos (up from 90).  

Stay tuned for more information on the book and to learn how to get our free 14-page report, Rabies Vaccination:  Important Things You Need to Know. Send us an e-mail if you’d like a no-obligation alert that the book and report are available. Scared Poopless, the e-book, with be sold at a shockingly slow price, but only for a few days — just in time for the holidays!


Hi everyone. It’s Chicletpumpkin 2_edited-1 T. Dog writing to you from a patch of miniature pumpkins. You probably didn’t recognize me at first because I’m so cleverly disguised as a sorceress.

Did you know that Halloween can be a very dangerous and stressful time for critters? Here are my seven favorite ways to help protect dogs and cats from ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night. I hope you’ll forward them to friends and family so everyone can stay safe.

Tip 1) Check Out Those Costumes. Some dogs (and a few cats) enjoy playing dress-up, but many others are devout nudists. Remember: fun for you can be misery for us. If you do insist we play dress-up, ensure that fabrics are fire-retardant, non-toxic and free of anything your sweetie can chew off and swallow. Even a pompom can prove deadly when lodged in the throat or intestines. Make certain, too, that costumes are comfortable, don’t chafe, and won’t obstruct vision or cause your little darling to panic and run. Read more »

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Rabies Vaccine Research — Important (Exciting) News!

Written by Jan on July 18, 2014 – 10:22 am

hyposThe Rabies Challenge Fund is your dog’s best hope of avoiding unnecessary rabies vaccination – thanks to Fund Founders Kris Christine and pioneering veterinarian Dr. W. Jean Dodds.  With principal investigation led by world-renowned vaccination scientist, Dr. Ronald Schultz, they have been working tirelessly using USDA protocols to prove that the vaccine gives protection for 5, then 7 years, instead of the current 3.

Perhaps even more importantly, they hope to determine a rabies titer standard so that a simple blood test can legally prove immunity. Because there hasn’t been a legal USDA titer standard, blood titer results have not been allowed for licensing purpose. They/we hope to change this.

Thanks to the generosity of dog lovers everywhere, this all-volunteer charitable endeavor is rounding the turn for the home stretch —  but the Fund needs your help to raise the money for the challenge. Two anonymous donors have announced a $12,500 gift to match donations dollar for dollar. Donations up to that amount will in effect be doubled.

I have long been a Friend of the Fund. My beloved Jiggy developed autoimmune liver disease, and ultimately liver and intestinal cancers, after rabies vaccination.  If you doubt the damage that can be done by this vaccine, read the heartbreaking stories at The Rabies Vaccine and Your Dog: Side Effects.

Please help us complete this great study. Thanks for any support you can give. – Jan Rasmusen

from the Rabies Challenge Fund


The Rabies Challenge Fund has just received the commitment from a USDA-approved facility to perform the first of the challenge phases of our 5 and 7-year studies. This rabies research was undertaken to determine, by challenge, the vaccine’s long-term duration of immunity in dogs and to establish the world’s first canine rabies titer standard.

Fees for this first challenge, slated to begin later this year, will involve 15 of the study dogs and will cost $100,000. If successful, two subsequent challenges of 15 dogs each will be conducted in order to meet the USDA rabies vaccine licensing requirements.  These results, which will have been obtained using the same federal standard upon which all currently licensed rabies vaccines and rabies laws and regulations are based, should establish the scientific foundation upon which the legally required rabies booster intervals for dogs can be extended to 5 or 7 years. Further, for the first time, our accumulated rabies titer data should permit incorporating clauses pertaining to rabies titers into the existing laws.

Currently, The Rabies Challenge Fund will need to raise an additional $24,847 to cover the challenge facility fees.  We ask that our donors maintain their generous levels of support through this critical challenge phase, so that the results to benefit all dogs can be available in early 2015.

$12,500 Matching Gift to The Rabies Challenge Fund

Two anonymous dog lovers have announced a generous $12,500 matching  gift to The Rabies Challenge Fund to help raise the additional funds needed to perform the first of the challenge phases of our research. Beginning today, these supporters will match every dollar donated up  to $12,500. Please consider doubling a donation by taking advantage of this charitable gift.

Tax-exempt donations can be made with a credit card here:
http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/donate/donate-to-the-fund or mailed to The Rabies Challenge Fund, c/o Hemopet, 11561 Salinaz
Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92843.

Thank you for your support!

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Dog Safety Harnesses and Crates Fail Car Crash Testing

Written by Jan on March 25, 2014 – 10:41 pm


Crash test dog dummy launching when safety harness breaks

Crash test dog dummy launching when safety harness breaks

You’re a good doggy parent.  When traveling by car, your dog rides in the back seat for safety, as dogs and children should. You always buckle-in your medium-size or large dog using a strong-looking harness. Or you secure your small dog in a sturdy crate and buckle that in. Or maybe you at least use a booster seat or a cargo area barrier to prevent you from being distracted by your dog. You and your dog are safe, right?

Wrong! Even if you’re using a product that supposedly has been crash tested, it is likely your dog is in danger … and so are you. 

Read what Lindsey Wolko, Founder of the nonprofit Center for Pet Safety, has to say about the safety of harnesses, crates and cargo barriers. And watch amazing crash test videos below (using life-like dummy dogs). Note: If you received this post as an e-mail please click here to finish reading and to view the videos on-line.   PERMISSION GRANTED TO CROSS POST with a link back to truth4dogs.com. Read more »

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