Dan's lost Basenji, Buddy
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He's a lucky boy! I'm so glad he's ok.

I'm so happy for you! I'm glad he is okay.

Wow…glad he's back safe and sound. What a scare I'm sure.

Do you know his original history...was he originally found roaming the streets when Medfly got him or was he an owner surrender. The reason I ask is if he was found roaming the streets, it sounds like maybe his street instincts took over in this case, once the noises/vehicle movement spooked him. That could explain why he went further afield instead of heading home. Just a guess.

Whew! I'm glad Buddy is home safe and hopefully your nerves are not too frayed!

Just read this post, thank goodness you have him back safely Dan.What a terrible scare.

@renaultf1:

Wow…glad he's back safe and sound. What a scare I'm sure.

Do you know his original history...was he originally found roaming the streets when Medfly got him or was he an owner surrender. The reason I ask is if he was found roaming the streets, it sounds like maybe his street instincts took over in this case, once the noises/vehicle movement spooked him. That could explain why he went further afield instead of heading home. Just a guess.

Yes, he was found wondering the streets in So Cal. No chip and no collar. The girl said last night that when they went in the SPCA to get him scanned he reacted a bit irritated like he was reminded of being in the shelter back in So Cal. Last night he was beat and a bit weirded out. This morning he didn't really get up for a while and after the walk he just got on the couch. Usually he runs in and grabs his toy to play. His appetite is fine and he has no injuries. I can't believe he ran up to an SPCA volunteer. Is that luck or what! 🙂

Glad Buddy is okay and back home!!! 😃

Regarding microchips - make sure you go to the vet and scan it (every once in a while) to make sure it's working… My first B had a microchip and was okay when I first got it for her but a few years later, the vet just happened to re-scanned it and it wasn't working (or got deactivated or something)... Anyway, she got it working again... Just my$0.02...

Houston

Dan,
I am so sorry this happened to you and Buddy..I had no clue, just saw this thread.
Gosh, I can not believe it.. thanks heavens he is Ok and safe and in your home again..
He might be slightly "shellshocked' from his adventure, maybe that is why he is laying low today..

@imbj:

Glad Buddy is okay and back home!!! 😃

Regarding microchips - make sure you go to the vet and scan it (every once in a while) to make sure it's working… My first B had a microchip and was okay when I first got it for her but a few years later, the vet just happened to re-scanned it and it wasn't working (or got deactivated or something)... Anyway, she got it working again... Just my$0.02...

And sometimes they just migrate and can't be found… so, yes I agree..... have your dog's chip checked.

@imbj:

Glad Buddy is okay and back home!!! 😃

Regarding microchips - make sure you go to the vet and scan it (every once in a while) to make sure it's working… My first B had a microchip and was okay when I first got it for her but a few years later, the vet just happened to re-scanned it and it wasn't working (or got deactivated or something)... Anyway, she got it working again... Just my$0.02...

That's why we should always have that collar on as well in case that chip does not scan. I got lucky it scanned and the person was more than willing to go all the way to the SPCA too. Had the collar been on she could of just called me right then from her home. I offered her money for her time and gas but they flat out refused saying it was no problem at all and that they are SPCA volunteers. If you could pick someone to find your B it would be this girl Megan and her mother. They totally love dogs. Maybe Buddy knew what he was doing when he went up to her on the street.

Ever since this spring when we had Sophie scanned and couldn't find her chip we have learned that the most common reason for them not to scan is because they aren't actually there. What happens is they are implanted and then scanned and everything seems fine but the chip can migrate right back out of the tract it went in. Next time the dog is scanned there is no chip. So a very good practice is to have your dog scanned every year when it goes in for its regular check up and to have it scanned a couple weeks after implantation so the tract has healed and you can verify that it stayed put.

@lvoss:

Ever since this spring when we had Sophie scanned and couldn't find her chip we have learned that the most common reason for them not to scan is because they aren't actually there. What happens is they are implanted and then scanned and everything seems fine but the chip can migrate right back out of the tract it went in. Next time the dog is scanned there is no chip. So a very good practice is to have your dog scanned every year when it goes in for its regular check up and to have it scanned a couple weeks after implantation so the tract has healed and you can verify that it stayed put.

Good idea Lisa! We have learned something here that we cannot assume that just because the dog was scanned it will always work.

@lvoss:

So a very good practice is to have your dog scanned every year when it goes in for its regular check up and to have it scanned a couple weeks after implantation so the tract has healed and you can verify that it stayed put.

Yup, that's exactly what I do - it is part of their yearly exam. I've always heard about them migrating, but never heard of them actually being absent, so this is a good reminder. Does make you wonder where they go though.

According to both my vet and the mobile vet, the scanners are very good at picking up the chips even if they have migrated, especially on a dog that is basenji sized. If the battery in the scanner is good they can detect from about 6 inches away from the chip. Their procedure is also to wand the whole dog if they don't find it between the shoulders because of migration. If you have ever seen a chip then you know they are pretty large, about the size of a grain of rice which leaves a wound tract that they can follow right back out. The one vet said he sometimes has found them caught in the long hair of some dogs after they came out.

What can cause them to stop working or not to work? Then what do you do about it?

Rita Jean

They usually do not stop working. Occasionally there is a bad one that for whatever reason doesn't give off a consistent signal. That is one reason the vet should test scan it before implanting it. Unless you have your dog x-rayed when you don't get a signal from the chip after implanting you won't know if it stopped working, which if it did the vet can report to the company and your replacement should be free, or if it just isn't there anymore.

Thank you was not sure how they worked or did not.

Rita Jean

I know Zest's migrated. I felt it the first day I got her and suspected that's what it was. I asked at the vet's office for them to scan it. The tech tried - nope. The vet tried - nope. I said scan right there, and pointed to the ribcage behind her right elbow. Sure enough, that's where it is. I asked if she was lost would the animal control find it there, she said no. So I'm not really sure the scanners will pick it up from 6" away.

@agilebasenji:

I know Zest's migrated. I felt it the first day I got her and suspected that's what it was. I asked at the vet's office for them to scan it. The tech tried - nope. The vet tried - nope. I said scan right there, and pointed to the ribcage behind her right elbow. Sure enough, that's where it is. I asked if she was lost would the animal control find it there, she said no. So I'm not really sure the scanners will pick it up from 6" away.

Wow, now what? Does anybody ever get another chip put in?

I didn't really believe that the scanners would pick them up that easily though I am sure it depends on several factors also. As for whether a shelter will find a migrated chip, it depends on the thoroughness of the shelter. The one in my county scans the entire dog because the chips migrate. I am sure that some probably only check between the shoulders and are likely to miss ones that migrate. There is now also the issue of different frequencies being used by different companies. It definately makes a case for tatooing in addition to chipping.

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