I’ve worried about microchips in dogs for over a decade. I’ve even gone out on a limb and advised categorically that pet owners avoid having them implanted in their dogs at least until they had a longer track record and we could be certain that there would be no long-term health implications with their use.
The years passed and it seemed everywhere I looked that dog owners were being encouraged to have chips inserted in their puppies, and try as I might, to agree that it made sense, that if a dog was lost the chances of being returned home were (slightly) improved, (though I had doubts about that as well, not everyone has the equipment to read microchips) unfortunately, there were flaws and many dogs not helped by having chips implanted.
My nagging doubts continued as the flood of enthusiasm for the use of microchips increased.
Then, a couple of years ago, I had a disturbing call from an owner who’s dog had a large tumor appear at the site of her microchip. It was a benign growth but added to my concerns. Another pet owner who’s Beagle had constant sensitivity around the injection site and scratched at it constantly.
Last year, another call, much more disturbing, this time from an owner who’s dog had a growth at the injection site that turned out to be pre-cancerous…
I began loudly proclaiming to anyone who would listen that the science was still too new, that the safety of these foreign bodies injected into our pets and expected to remain inside them for up to 15 or more years, were potentially a serious health concern. Some owners insisted that their veterinarians told them there was nothing to worry about.
Then this article appeared in my Inbox from Dogs Naturally magazine and everything I thought and instinctively believed about these devices came to alarming sharp focus. Please click on the image above, read their piece on the dangers of microchips for yourself.
We owe it to the pets we love to find out the truth behind the products that have such potential to do more harm than good.
If your pet already has a chip implanted, I would share this article with my veterinary practitioner and discuss whether removal was possible before your dog perhaps suffers ill effects years in the future.
(Image Credit Dog’s Naturally Magazine August 2016)