Most pet owners are afraid of losing their pet one day, which is why many owners are deciding to microchip their pets. Microchipping your pet can help your pet be found if they’re lost and provide you with peace of mind any time your beloved furry friend goes missing.
How do microchips work?
A microchip is a small item, about the size of a piece of rice, that is implanted underneath the skin of your pet. This chip contains a number, and you as the owner will then register your pet with your contact information, such as name, phone number and address. If your pet becomes lost, a vet (and some police departments) will use a special scanner in order to scan your pet in search of a microchip. The scanner will provide them with a number, and they will use the number to locate information about the animal. They will then use the information they find in order to return the pet to its rightful owner.
How are they implanted?
Some pet owners are afraid that the microchip will hurt their pet, but it’s actually an easy procedure. The chip is installed using a needle, and they dog will feel nothing more than what they feel during their routine shots. Getting microchipped does not involve any anesthesia, and you can take your dog or cat home as soon as the procedure is over.
Do microchips cause cancer?
Having an object placed into the body of your animal can cause some concerns for pet owners, and many are worried about the microchips causing cancer. Studies dating back to the 1990s have shown that test animals that were implanted with microchips developed tumors around the area of the implantation. Katherine Albrecht, founder of Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion, has been pushing for this information to become public knowledge. She and her team have performed studies from the 1990s to 2006 in order to prove that microchipping does cause cancer, and she said that 8 out of 11 of her test subjects developed cancer after being microchipped.
Although her studies have gained the attention of The Associated Press, there are others who believe that her tests are flawed. Albrecht has only used mice and rats as test subjects, making some people believe that just because her tests have found links between microchipping and cancer, it’s only been found on rodents. So far, no links have been associated between cancer and microchipping in any other animals, including cats and dogs.
Many vets have said that microchipping is safe and that the possibility of developing cancer from a microchip is unlikely. Any type of inflammation that occurs poses a risk of infection, but there is no information that proves that microchipping causes cancer. Microchipping pets has been done for over a decade, and in that time, no evidence has come forward to prove that cancer in pets has anything to do with microchips.
As a pet owner, it’s always your decision as to whether or not you microchip your pet. History has proven that microchips are safe, but if you’re still uncomfortable with it, it may be something you want to think about.
Charlie Adams is a gadget expert and technology writer who likes to write about potential health concerns involved with computers and/or microchips.