New Zealand Dog News

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April 29, 2006

Rottweiler plays hide the chip

You could put the microchip in the dog but reading it was another question, Invercargill MP Eric Roy said. An impromptu field-test was carried out at Veterinary Services Invercargill on Thursday to show the effectiveness or otherwise of microchips in dogs.

An 8-year-old rottweiler, Hank, which was microchipped as a pup for reasons other than behaviour, was brought into the vets to be scanned, Mr Roy said. "We were unable to locate the microchip," he said, after the scanner was run all over the dog.
The test raised several questions about the effectiveness of microchipping dogs, Mr Roy said.

The Government should be looking at the behaviour of dog owners instead of microchipping the dogs, he said. Yes, of course!!! But now the government has changed it 'reason' for chipping... saying that it will help with locating dogs when they move councils districts. This is politics at its best (or worse)... put a law in place and tell the public the reason, then when that reason proves ineffective, make up another one.

"This is placebo legislation." However, Elles Rd Veterinary Centre vet Sandy Cooper, who is the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) companion animal executive representative in Southland, said the technology was good and that animals should have their chips checked each year during health checks.

She said she had never had one disappear. HOG WASH!!! How many chips has she checked??

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