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Micro-chips for dogs.. would you chip?
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27 May 2012 - 12:19 am
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Canine cancer is prevalent. Microchipping dogs is prevalent. Maybe they are coexisting without a cause and effect relationship. Both Dakota and Evelyn are chipped. Dakota was chipped only a few years ago because we were very rural and it made so much sense due to our location. Cutting off a leg made him easier to find, though. 

Evelyn is chipped and the only problem she has as of now is she’s a pain in the bad-word-for-rear-end. If she were to get cancer there is no way I’d blame it on the microchip. 

I did ask the vet if he would microchip my kid. He said he would but reminded me it wouldn’t help me track him; it would only help me find him afterwards. Too bad. 

Shari

From abandoned puppy to Tripawd Warrior Dude, Dakota became one of the 2011 February Furballs due to STS. Our incredibly sweet friend lived with grace and dignity till he impulsively raced over the Bridge on 12-15-12.

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27 May 2012 - 2:14 am
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My two cents worth.  Magnum was microchipped.  She got osteosarcoma in her back left leg at age 9. 

Since birth she has always walked a little funny on that leg (not that the vet could notice but we could). 

But no cancer where the microchip was put.

Magnum: 30th May 2002 to 5th May 2012. Lost her back left leg to osteosarcoma on 5th Sep 2011. Lung mets found on 20th Mar 2012 but it was bone mets in the hip that ended her brave battle. Magnum's motto - "Dream as if you'll live for ever, live as if you'll die today" (James Dean). Loyal, loving, courageous and spirited to the end. My beloved heart dog, see her memoirs from Rainbow Bridge ...... http://princess.....pawds.com/


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27 May 2012 - 11:38 am
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I still think it is a good idea to microchip.  I have lost count of how many animals we have reunited with their families because of a microchip. Collars can fall off and tags can be hard to read.  FYI they are working on a GPS chip but as of right now they can’t make it small enough.  You can get a GPS collar.

I know that the risk of cancer is always scary but that is so very low and a lost pet is a much more common thing.

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27 May 2012 - 12:25 pm
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Thanks for the GPS info, Pam. A few years ago I would definitely had put a GPS collar on my kid! It would be a great thing to have for a pet. Or maybe a husband, too.

Shari

From abandoned puppy to Tripawd Warrior Dude, Dakota became one of the 2011 February Furballs due to STS. Our incredibly sweet friend lived with grace and dignity till he impulsively raced over the Bridge on 12-15-12.

Dakota's thoughtful and erudite blog is at http://shari.tr.....pawds.com/

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27 May 2012 - 3:02 pm
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I am not sure what to think about the cancer link and the chips. But one thing I want to say is to have your vet “test” the micro chip to see if it is working. Months after I got Valentina microchipped one day I just randomly thought , how does the vet know that the chip works and stays working. I think they scan it right after putting it in but I also wondered if they ever failed. So at Valentina’s next appt. I had the vet check it to see if it still scanned. Well my weird premonition was right. It did not scan!! They tried and tried and they could not find it. They tried a second scanner and nothing. She said that maybe it migrated it’s way out or something but she said that she had never had anyone ask to check it and make sure that it was working. The new one was inserted at no cost and we did check that one at a later time and it did work. So everyone may want to get their Dog’s microchips checked from time to time just to make sure that it is working or that it is still there. We will never know what happened to Valentina’s first chip but I was glad that I checked!

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27 May 2012 - 5:55 pm
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Missy Pegz says…HOLY CRAP!!! so THAT is why Chazzy has that “N” inked in his ear!!!

 

Me thoughts it stood for NERD.

 

My Momma says…”follow the money”.

Reason why Canine Cancer is out of control in the last 25-30 years? Diet. Diet. Diet.

 

But what does SHE know??? I caught her eating mini snickers this afternoon. 😀

 

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27 May 2012 - 9:28 pm
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Peg, please tell Chazz that the N in his ear is for nucklehead. Sheesh. Monkeybutts.

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From abandoned puppy to Tripawd Warrior Dude, Dakota became one of the 2011 February Furballs due to STS. Our incredibly sweet friend lived with grace and dignity till he impulsively raced over the Bridge on 12-15-12.

Dakota's thoughtful and erudite blog is at http://shari.tr.....pawds.com/

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28 May 2012 - 6:35 am
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BOL!!!! Oh Double D you crack me up….Nucklehead!!! Of course!

 

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28 May 2012 - 9:09 am
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I know, it’s creepy isn’t it? I mean if we don’t do it on humans, why dogs? Hmmm. Makes you think.

Tattooing isn’t always something that can be identified. One of our members, sashadog, came with a tattoo and despite her pawrents best efforts to trace it, they haven’t been able to.

Well, some conspiracy theorists say microchiping dogs in only a test for before chiping humans 🙂

 

Isn`t microchiping obligatory in USA? It`s obligatory for dogs, but not for cats where I live. In fact, I think its obligatory for whole EU.

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28 May 2012 - 10:20 am
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No, microchipping is not obligatory here in the U.S. Many (most?) shelters will chip a dog before adoption and most breeders require you to chip a puppy by a certain age, but if you find a dog somewhere or rescue a dog on the roadside (like we did), microchipping is up to you. To be honest, I can’t imagine it ever becoming the law here. Americans just aren’t made that way. 

As for the conspiracy theorists speculating all humans will one day be microchipped, we used to tell our oldest that he could never lie to us about where he was when he was out at night because we’d had him microchipped. It was a fun way to play with him. He didn’t find it amusing but maybe he wondered…

I would never chip my child, regardless of the jokes I’ve made. A GPS tracking device would have been incredibly handy as recently as a year ago, though, as I have a child with autism and he was a runner. But they do make GPS bracelets for kids like him. Of course, he’d never consent to keep one on, which is why a GPS chip might at times be a fantasy I’ve had. Still, I’d not do that to him.

Shari

From abandoned puppy to Tripawd Warrior Dude, Dakota became one of the 2011 February Furballs due to STS. Our incredibly sweet friend lived with grace and dignity till he impulsively raced over the Bridge on 12-15-12.

Dakota's thoughtful and erudite blog is at http://shari.tr.....pawds.com/

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28 May 2012 - 9:05 pm
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Well, some conspiracy theorists say microchiping dogs in only a test for before chiping humans 🙂

Unless Americans start getting lost between the couch and the fridge, they’ll never microchip in the USA!   

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29 May 2012 - 12:04 pm
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Lost my hubby once (long story – our first day on vacation of his first ever visit to San Diego, back in the pre-cell phone days) and, boy, having him microchipped would have been so handy!

Does the process hurt? Abby was chipped when we got her, but Rita was not. She’s already so afraid of so many things, I hate to take her to the vet to have something done that will hurt. She has a Blanket ID, but I know collars can come off when they get lost.

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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the needle they use is rather large, as the chip is about the size of a grain of rice.  we’ve had all of ours inserted while having other procedures (teeth cleaning, neutering, etc), until we got melanie.  dr. moser did her’s in the exam room, and i just felt awful for her, as it was like a hornet sting and she was hysterical.  had i known it would be that painful, i’d have suggested we try some topical anesthesis or something….  so, melanie recommends, do it with a dental!!!!

 

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29 May 2012 - 12:45 pm
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I am of the opinion that living causes cancer and no matter what you do some humans, dogs, cats, whatever are going to get cancer and some aren’t no matter what you do. I have one dog that is a “bolter” and I chipped her as I want her to be wanded and traced back to me. My other two dogs are couch spuds so I don’t feel the need to chip them.

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Jack Russell born in 2001. Mast cell cancer found Dec 2009 and right rear amputation. Five rounds of chemo done before all treatment stopped. Living life to the fullest!! Read my story at http://rizzo.tripawds.com

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29 May 2012 - 5:01 pm
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Oh, thanks for the info, Charon. I don’t want Rita to have to go through that awake – like I said, she’s already afraid of some many things, and I don’t want to add the vet to that list! We’ll probably wait and have it done during a teeth-cleaning or something.

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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