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Griffonpoint Kennel Stands Against Microchipping

Microchipping is for human convenience alone. Identification through Tattoos is better for the animal, and can result in recovery if the animal is lost. 

Before you Microchip your Griffon, evaluate the risks. Years ago, we implanted Microchips into every puppy, believing that we were doing the right thing for the pups and for their owners.

However, 12% of the microchips migrated,sometimes a couple of inches, sometimes right down into the elbow... and sometimes to the point that they could not be found, and the dog was implanted with a second microchip.

5% of the microchips caused the Griffon's body to produce fibrous tissue, some of the lumps were visible just by looking at the dog.

In those microchipped dogs, we had 4 cases of early cancer. As we did not think (at the time) that the cancer may have been caused by implanting a microchip, we did not investigate, and now will never know if the microchips caused cancer...

There is plenty of scientific data showing problems with microchips.




At one time I ran one of the largest kennels in the world of a rare breed of gun dog called a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Since 1989, I have produced over 500 pups, and approximately 100 of them were microchipped as pups or young dogs.

When microchips were first available, I believed the microchip promotional material and thought microchips would be the perfect way to ID dogs. I had been using tattoos, but tattoos have to be maintained as they may fade over time. I cautiously incorporated microchips into my record-keeping system because they appeared to solve a lot of ID challenges. I felt proud
to have "stepped into the modern world." Owners of my puppies liked the microchips because they were new, "hi-tech" and promised an easy way for lost dogs to be recovered.

However, the microchips caused problems.


Of the 100 microchipped dogs:

1. FOUR of my dogs developed early cancers. Since I have stopped
microchipping my dogs, they have not developed any cancers at a young
age. Perhaps this is a coincidence ... but I am not taking the chance
with my dogs and will not microchip my animals anymore. My clients
actually prefer it this way.

In fact I am currently replacing the most recent dog to have gotten an
early cancer (from the microchipped group).

2. Fibrous tissue (big lump) developed around the microchips
approximately 5% of the time, maybe even more often as the dogs aged.
In one case, a dog developed a lump that was so large it could be seen
just by looking at the dog's withers.

3. The microchips migrated from the original implant site more than
12% of the time. Sometimes the chip migrated an inch or two.
Sometimes it came to rest over the shoulder or ribs. And sometimes
the chip migrated all the way down to the elbow.

Movement occurred with microchips that were implanted by veterinarians
who were trained to implant microchips. This problem occurred not
only in the "early days" when microchips were first available, but
also with later microchips that were "improved" to eliminate all

I have even implanted two microchips in a few dogs because the first
microchip either became difficult to read, or it had moved so far from
the original implant site that it was undetectable unless you knew
exactly where to point the microchip reader.

Although microchip companies claim that microchips are now completely biocompatible, my experience shows that this is not true. In my kennel I currently have 4 young dogs imported from countries that require microchipping. Three of those four dogs (all are under 2 years old) have microchips that appear to be without problems.

However, One of these four dogs is having problems with the microchip. She was imported from Holland as a puppy, and she has been scratching at the site of her microchip since we got her 3 months ago. She was implanted by the Dutch Breed Warden at 6 weeks of age, and at 6 months of age, the microchip is already causing problems for her. When the
area around her microchip swells, I can easily feel the microchip in the centre of the soft lump. Because of this issue, we will probably be obliged to have her microchip removed.

As a result of all the problems that I have experienced with microchips, I no longer microchip my dogs. Instead I use tattoos.


1. My objection to the use of microchip implants in dogs (and other
animals) is based on my personal experience of microchipping dogs,
microchip risks that have been identified by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration, and scientific data that proves there are a lot of
serious problems associated with microchip implant technology.

If you are considering Microchipping your Griffon, I urge you to do some research first. If you read the data and look at the risks, you may well consider to tattoo and to use a collar with an ID tag on it.



Shannon Ford






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