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Micro-chips for dogs.. would you chip?
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All critters were and are chipped at our house. There is so much out there that may contribute to cancer and other sicknesses in dogs (and humans), heredity, diet, environmental exposures such as lawn fertilizers, squeeky toys or treats made in China or elsewhere, household cleaners, old water pipes, air fresheners or other aerosol sprays…lets face it everything is suspect. I guess I would rather have my dog back then have them picked up and taken to a shelter and then euthanized before I could find them.

We just took Samson and Repeat offender Miss Perdy little-devil to the lake today, 20 miles from home..we opened up the hatchback and the little ingrate bolted out of the back and beelined through the parking lot and down the road…we did manage to tackle her but if she had made it much further we may not have found her before sunset…scary but I know if she was picked up they could have traced her back to us.

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1 June 2012 - 10:38 pm
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I sometimes listen to Animal Talk Naturally’s podcast, and came across this recent episode about microchipping. Haven’t had a chance to listen yet but I thought you guys might be interested in checking it out:

Microchipping: The Good, Bad and Ugly

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Adding a chip is so important. I have never heard of it causing cancer but I am a huge advocate of it. There are so many advantages, something my friend sent me when I was on the fence: https://www.pet…..-your-dog/

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I am surprised this is even open for discussion to be honest. Over here it’s mandatory. Even horses nowadays are chipped and sometimes instead of being branded. 

I have never heard of a cancer connection but every foreign object inside of a body is difficult I guess. What I do know is that the chips sometimes travel in the body and I know of cases where it got lodged in, i. e. , the spine and cause paralysis. 

We have a European Pet Passport that every dog is supposed to have which includes the chip number and all vaccinations. You need that here because different countries have different rules regarding vaccination and due to the smallish size of Europe we tend to travel a bit in between countries. 

I have not updated Manni’s vaccination so I can’t take him to Denmark for example now. However, the chip I see as an absolute must. Just the amount of times that my darling dog took after rabbits… 

also, it kind of prevents people from just getting rid of their dogs by letting them loose somewhere. Not a fool-proof system but it helps. 

Tina 

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Oh, and kind of funny if you share my warped sense of humor: I just heard from a few German tripawd owners that they found out, after surgery, that their dogs no longer had a chip because it was apparently in the leg they lost. 

Being in bureaucratic Germany they then had to go and get a special permission to leave their dogs as is and carry their pet passports with them… 😊

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Osteo and amputation in Dec 2015. Second, inoperable, primary osteosarcoma found in June 2017.
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We got Ollie from the shelter almost two years ago. He came into the shelter as a stray. He was not chipped. Nobody claimed him, and he eventually became ours. The second day we had him, he had an appointment with our vet, got a clean bill of health, got a chip and was signed up for health insurance. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

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17 May 2017 - 8:18 am
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tinsch said
I am surprised this is even open for discussion to be honest. Over here it’s mandatory. Even horses nowadays are chipped and sometimes instead of being branded.

It’s a rare discussion among pet parents I personally know. This topic originated several years ago, I think most people have decided the pros outweigh any suspected (and so far unproven) cancer connection. Our one and only Dr. Pam wrote this post a while back to clarify the urban myth surrounding chips and cancer.

I’m all for chipping, wouldn’t have it any other way.

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17 May 2017 - 11:34 am
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Jasper was chipped when I got her and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Shelby got chipped when we moved to Los Angeles and by no means do I think that contributed to her cancer. I believe – since both my dogs did/have a tendency to run off and not come when called – that chipping was necessary. 

I don’t know the cause of Shelby’s cancer … we will never know. Was it living by the airport? The food she ate? The vaccines? I’ll never have those answers but I know that if she had ever taken off, she would have been recovered and brought back to because of her chip!

And LOL  Tina @ no longer chipped because of the removal of the leg. Both my girls chips were / are in the neck region. They must do it different abroad! 

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Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife



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All my dogs were/are microchipped.   I know Sassy’s cancer had nothing to do with the Microchip.  I have my suspicions where it came from just no proof. 

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It’s a legal requirement in the UK, as of just a few months ago, and personally I think that’s a good thing. It obviously helps reunite lost dogs with their family, and as Tina says, may make them less likely to be abandoned. Elsie and Meg have really cool chips, which contain a tiny thermometer, so the vet/nurse etc. can scan them and get an immediate temperature reading.

Meg, Mutt, aged around 11, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
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17 May 2017 - 4:56 pm
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Tina, that is a very funny aside indeed! But then we at DaBear HQ have warped senses of humor. And pet passports: I can just see the nightmare of getting a passport photo that is acceptable ( much like us complaining about our driver license photo)…” So, Manni, could you not blink and tilt your head to the right? Manni, smile and sit still….Manni….MANNI!!!!!” ( Kidding, but besides the upcoming mutt mugshots that WILL happen at the Pawrty of the Century….well, you know…) 

And are Meg and Elsie Pie’s passports Brexited?!? Or would that be Pawxited? Why did they not get a vote in this?!? On the other hand, we at DaBear HQ expect nothing less than the 007 microchip from the country that gave us, well, 007. 

One DaBear came microchipped, the other DaBear came from a kill shelter but have no idea if microchipped, and Ruby Roo says ” You gotta be kidding.” She can only dream of them getting lost. 



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17 May 2017 - 10:12 pm
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Although rare, cats have been known to get microchip-associated sarcoma from a microchip application. They even found the microchip in the tumour.

Maybe it’s a cancer myth with dogs but it’s not a myth with cats, although very rare.

Kerren, Chipless Mona, and Eli who likes spicy chips

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Thanks for the input Karen!! Scary!

BTW…love how Mona and Eli “signed off” on the post 🙂

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Gosh, I wasn’t aware of that, Kerren. Scarey, I agree. Though I guess it needs to be balanced against the number who go missing and are found because of the chip. To be clear, the new UK law applies only to dogs, not cats, unless you’re taking them to mainland Europe, in which case they need a pet passport, which does require a chip.

Meg, Mutt, aged around 11, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
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