Microchipping ( ... should you?)

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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.

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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 scanned.

Here comes the problem surrounding "Microchipping".

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 pet?

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 shelter.

How long do microchips last? Do they ever need to be replaced?

Microchips are 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 lost?

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.

Identification 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.

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