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Q & A No. 6, Do I really need to get them microchipped?

Updated: Oct 11, 2021

Hello again. This time I decided to answer a question that I've heard from a lot of new dog owners, as well as from lower-income dog owners and members of the anti-western medicine crowd. Do I really need to get them all these shots and a microchip?

Well… To answer the first part of the question, I’m not a veterinarian. But I can say that the vaccines they give your puppy are a lot like the vaccines they give human children. So I would say talk to your vet and tell them that you only want what’s absolutely necessary. Like having your dog sterilized. It’s not absolutely necessary. But it can improve their behavior and health. And no, it doesn’t make Fido less of a man.

As for the microchip, in my opinion, you do need to do it. Federal law doesn’t require you to have your pet microchipped and most states don’t either. But some states, like California, do require microchips. It’s also a very good idea. More and more pets have been stolen or lost during the pandemic and a registered microchip can be the one thing that gets them home. So even if your state doesn’t require it, it’s still a good idea.

Remember, if there’s anything you’re curious about, comment here or on my social media and I’ll be happy to take a look. Thanks again for reading and have a barking good time! Life is full of paws-ibilities.

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