Dog chips - Is there a vet in the house?

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Registered: 08-21-2003
Dog chips - Is there a vet in the house?
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Thu, 04-16-2009 - 10:01pm

This is slightly off topic, but I was unsure where to post.

We got our one year old dog Penny microchipped in September. At the time I thought I was doing the right thing. Tonight, I was researching getting our new dog her microchip as well. In my findings I found that the microchips are covered in a polymer called Parylene C - which is what connects with their tissues making the chip not move.

*sigh* This substance also apparently causes tumors. I'm really upset. Penny has had her chip in now for several months - 7 months - to be exact, and now I'm very worried I've just caused her chances of getting cancer right up.

Can anyone relieve my fears? Or can anyone please tell it can be removed? And if we can have it removed... would there be any lasting effects?

I feel awful. Thank you.







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Registered: 06-24-2008
Fri, 04-17-2009 - 12:19pm
I'd never thought to look into what the chips were coated with .. and I'm def not a vet .. but I can tell you that I had our dog "microchipped" 3 years ago and she's had no ill-effects. Hope someone else here can help you out!



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Registered: 10-18-2007
Fri, 04-17-2009 - 2:56pm

I have access to one, she says:

"According to the manufacturer, they are made of bio-neutral glass that doesn't cause any reaction.

In practice, they can migrate away from the injection site, which in dogs and cats are generally placed in the same location as vaccines are given, and therefore it can be hard to separate vaccine-induced sarcomas from microchip ones.

It would probably be hard to find a population of unvaxed dogs or cats with chips to study. People who quite vaxing tend to quit doing other stuff as well."

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Registered: 08-21-2003
Fri, 04-17-2009 - 5:28pm

Yeah, we fall into that category. I want to stop vaxing our animals, but need to find a good, reliable homeopathic preventative remedy book for dogs (and cats) - know of one? =)

Our family practitioner is a homeopathic D.O. and we've been practicing it for over a year now. We feel comfortable doing it with our animals, but just need reference, know what I mean? Holistic vets are so expensive.

Thanks for your help!







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Registered: 10-18-2007
Fri, 04-17-2009 - 8:00pm

If you're on the homeopathic side, this is a good book.

http://www.amazon.com/Homeopathic-Care-Cats-Dogs-Animals/dp/155643295X

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Registered: 08-21-2003
Fri, 04-17-2009 - 9:03pm
Fantastic! Thank you!






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Registered: 07-17-2005
Wed, 04-22-2009 - 10:28pm

We originally planned to get a kitten from the local shelter. If we did, we HAD to have the chip implanted. Instead we got our kitten from a vet who said the chip wasn't required for adoption. However, the vaccines are - I discussed it with them beforehand and they changed their "policy" later on. I got by without getting the chip implanted into the cat but he's still not gotten all the required vaccines - and may not.

Here's an interesting article about pet food ingredients you may find helpful:

http://www.naturalnews.com/Report_pet_food_ingredients_0.html

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Registered: 08-21-2003
Wed, 04-22-2009 - 10:43pm
thanks for the link! we've actually been looking into the BARF diet... or an all-natural raw diet for our dogs.. and cats. =) Bagged pet food is gross.






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Registered: 07-17-2005
Wed, 04-22-2009 - 11:15pm

"Bagged pet food is gross."

LOL, I keep telling my son it's "McDonalds for dogs". We are learning to feed our pets real, whole foods...also learning to feed ourselves real, whole foods :) .

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Registered: 08-21-2003
Wed, 04-22-2009 - 11:20pm
Amen! Us too! Any good recipes for raw dog (or cat) food? I've been looking at the BARF diet, but it seems like more of a basic concept than a specific diet or recipe. We're just starting out on this... so I'm looking for good info!






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Registered: 10-18-2007
Thu, 04-23-2009 - 11:01am

There is a yahoo rawfeeding group/list and it's got almost 15,000 members on it. I'd agree that it's more of a concept, and the biggest disagreement among rawfeeders is whether or not wolves eat the stomach contents of their prey, which by extension, would mean that they eat or need vegetables.

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/?yguid=196613921

Some other helpful information:

http://www.rawfed.com/myths/

http://leda.law.harvard.edu/leda/data/784/Patrick06.html

I'd also recommend this book:

http://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Ecology-Behavior-Endangered-Species/dp/0816610266/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240498786&sr=1-2

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