Chip Implants Linked to Animal Tumors
(A Must Read Article by the Washington Post)
Please take the time to read this article in its entirety
before having your pet microchipped. Do your own research ... it's imperative! It could virtually save his life and
avoid heartache and pain for both you and your pet.
Before learning about the related tumor incidents to microchips we at Hollingberry decided not to microchip our puppies
for reasons that are and were less benign than the seriousness brought forth by this article and other similar articles.
It is up to you to make an intelligent decision regarding your pet's health.
We are led to believe Microchipping
is a great tool to help you reunite with a lost pet; however,
it is not foolproof and it is definitely not a GPS [it does not track
your animal or better yet locate your animal]. So what does it do?
When a lost pet is picked up by an animal
control officer or is taken to an animal shelter or humane
society, the professionals there will scan the animal using a
handheld scanner, which will let them know if a microchip has
been implanted. The microchip implanted under the skin
reflects the signal given by the scanner to provide a unique
alpha numeric code, which is picked up when the animal is
Here comes the problem surrounding
Microchips implanted in 2003 or
earlier are generally readable by most shelters and
veterinarians. Microchips that came into use in late 2003 are
generally not readable by most shelters and veterinarians
because the chips require different scanning technology.
Microchip manufacturers have not yet provided shelters around
the country with a scanner that reads all different types of
microchips (called a "universal" scanner).
There are no universal
scanners -- Oh My!
Prior to late 2003, there was a universal scanner that could read
all the chips in use in the United States. However, in late
2003, companies began selling chips with a new technology that
could not be read by the previous universal scanner. To date,
no microchip manufacturer has provided a truly "universal"
scanner to read all currently available microchips. The
technology to do this is available; the various companies
manufacturing microchips must agree to share their technology
to make this a reality.
Given the present issues surrounding microchipping, should I microchip my
Yes, microchipping provides an important
safety net for your pet. However, before having a chip
implanted, talk to your local shelter and/or animal control
agency to make sure the type of microchip your vet is
implanting can be read by the scanner being used by your local
How long do microchips last? Do they
ever need to be replaced?
designed to last the lifetime of a pet. A chip typically lasts
at least 25 years. Chips do not need replacing. Once the
microchip is implanted, it will remain there and active for
the life of the pet.
What else can I do to
ensure that my pet will be returned should he or she become
All pets should wear identification
tags at all times. Tags should include a local contact number,
as well as a number for a friend or out-of-town relative.
Proper identification tags are your pet's first ticket home if
he becomes lost. Microchips provide an important extra level
of protection in the event your pet becomes separated from his
collar and tags. Providing your pet with both tags and a
microchip can help ensure a happy reunion if the unthinkable
happens: your beloved pet gets lost.
tags can be ordered through our Recommended Links page.
HollingberryYorkies does not
microchip any of our puppies prior to coming to your home.
Since Yorkies are such a small breed we feel it best to not
have this procedure done until they are at least six months of
age if you the owner feel the necessity of having one implated.
However, if you are having you puppy shipped, we will consider
this service upon your request to help insure your puppy's
safety. There will be an additional $50
charge. Again we urge you to read the Washington Post's Article
and also to do your own research prior to making such a decision on
such a controversy issue regarding your pet's lifelong health.