What is a microchip that so many breeders advertise is included in your puppy when you purchase?
A microchip is just bigger then a grain of rice.
For a fairly inexpensive fee a veterinarian will insert one into the skin on top of your dog's neck.
The idea behind micro-chipping your dog, is to protect him/her against getting lost or theft.
We are aware that many breeders now Microchip your puppy before you even take your puppy to your own home.
We feel this is a personal decision and should be left up to the owner, NOT ENFORCED BY THE BREEDER, as the final owner of the puppy must live with any consequences.
For this reason we DO NOT MICROCHIP our puppies!
We do not promote this practice as it is a fairly new practice; no long term studies have been supplied yet for this practice and we believe that small amounts of potentially harmful frequency is constantly passing through these small microchips.
Although many veterinarians feel this is a "safe" practice, others feel that there is potential for cancer.
Microchips are not a cell phone that your dog can put down nor escape from. Although no solid proof is either way, as yet, we wish the longest possible life for all of our puppies and therefore do not advocate ANY unproven fairly new "fad" that can potentially cut short the life of our puppy with cancer. (Of course, like anybody, our puppies are not immune to cancer).
The main purpose behind micro-chipping is in case you lose your puppy.
We try to give detailed instructions, when you adopt a puppy from us,
to avoid any lost puppies.
Taking precautions such as proper adequate safe fencing and also teaching your dog to come and stay can avoid any unplanned misfortunes.
You have to be realistic, you are not adopting a larger breed dog, that wants to roam freely throughout your neighborhood because he/she needs acres and acres to exercise and is determined to run away.
Perhaps if you were to adopt a working dog and putting him in a city lot,
such as a Bordie collie, husky, beagle or other working dog, you may want to consider this practise, as your odds would be higher of having your puppy run away when it is older.
However, I actually recommend against adopting any of these working dogs in the first place if you are restricted to a city lot as they are not meant to be confined to such a small area, and their health can suffer as a result of lack of exercise and lack of mental stimulation because these breeds were intended for long working days and a walk does not even begin to tire them.
On the other hand our Morkies prefer to stay close by their owners, not run away from them.
They are content with small spaces as long as they can go for a short run everyday and get some fresh air, they are happy. Even an apartment lifestyle is suited for this breed, as they are lap dogs!
The secondary reason to microchip is theft.
Seriously, ask yourself; what are the odds, is your puppy really at risk of theft?
We feel fads come and go and we urge the families who adopt our puppies to think seriously before they add any permanent "technology" to their new puppy.
In the end, the final decision will rest with the owner, it is a relatively affordable thing to add, approximately $30.
The way so many breeders advertise how they include it, you would think it was valued at $300!!
Considering the cost we put forth just on food alone to ensure your puppy's well-being, if we felt micro-chipping was a necessity, you can be sure, no puppy of ours would leave our home without a microchip!
HOW DO I PROTECT MY PUPPY?
We prefer the old fashion, risk free way of identifying your puppy, a collar with your vet's contact #, your contact # and your dog's name. If you do not wish to put your contact #, your vet's number will suffice, as they can keep a record of your dog's tag on it.
If you really feel you must be able to identify your puppy, a tattoo, even though now considered as old fashioned is still very safe and causes no permanent damage to your puppy.
These safe methods have worked for years and continue to work effectively.
When you are choosing a collar, just be sure to get a collar that is fairly light weight and clips into place, instead of a buckle that could come undone with wear and time.
Be sure to replace the collar before it wears and check that the clip is still effective regularly. Be sure not to wear the collar too lose around your dog's neck, but not too tight either. Two fingers is suggested for comfort.
Also be sure to keep adjusting your puppy's collar as your puppy grows.
In saying all of this, we are not guaranteeing that your dog will never get any cancer, as this can happen at any time to anyone, including dogs. Nor are we promising that your puppy will never get stolen, or run away.
However there is some very serious concern with linking mircochips and cancer and
we believe in minimizing these risks instead by taking precautions rather then adding a permanent potentially dangerous apparatus to your puppy!