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I have never been comfortable with micro-chipping and have never recommended it to my clients or readers. Recently I came across multiple articles on the dangers of micro-chipping, I would like to share that with you.
Facts about Microchips in animals.
Melvin T. Massey, DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) from Brownsboro, Texas, brought this to the attention of the American Horse Council when he wrote, “I am a retired Equine Veterinarian and still breed a few horses. Because of migration-infection-increased risk of sarcoids I will not want to have microchips in my horses.”
The Institute of Experimental Pathology at Hannover Medical School in Germany reported, “An experiment using 4279 CBA/J mice of two generations was carried out to investigate the influence of parental preconceptual exposure to X-ray radiation or to chemical carcinogens. Microchips were implanted subcutaneously in the dorsolateral back for unique identification of each animal. The animals were kept for life span under standard laboratory conditions. In 36 mice a circumscribed neoplasm occurred in the area of the implanted microchip. Macroscopically, firm, pale white nodules up to 25 mm in diameter with the microchip in its center were found. Macroscopically, soft tissue tumors such as fibrosarcoma and malignant fibrous histiocytoma were detected.”
Ecole Nationale Veterinaire of Unite d’Anatomie Pathologique in Nantes, France, reported, “Fifty-two subcutaneous tumors associated with microchip were collected from three carcinigenicity B6C3F1 mice studies. Two of these 52 tumors were adenocarcinoma of the mammary gland located on the dorsal region forming around the chip. All the other 50 were mesenchymal in origin and were difficult to classify on morphological grounds with haematoxylin- eosin.”
Marta Vascellari of Instituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie at Viale dell’Universita in Legnaro, Italy reported examining a 9-year-old male French Bulldog for a subcutaneous mass located at the site of a microchip implant. “The mass was confirmed as a high-grade infiltrative fibrosarcoma, with multi focal necrosis and peripheral lymphoid aggregates.”
Even the limited research available clearly indicates that implantation of microchips within an animal is gambling with the animal’s well being.
For additional information, go to National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, www.pubmed.gov, and google for “sarcomas associated with implanted microchips”.
“Microchip-Induced Tumors in Laboratory Rodents and Dogs: A Review of the Literature 1990–2006” by Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D
Dr. Blake recommends you not panic and try to have the chip removed. This would be very difficult to do, because of how small these chips are and the fact that they migrate. He recommend you palpate the area from around the neck and shoulders down to the forearms weekly. If you find a swelling in these areas, go to your veterinarian and have your animal checked out. If they find the chip is in the swelling area, they recommend immediate removal and biopsy.
Chips fail 30% of the time; there are five different manufacturers of these microchips and they are not universally scanned by the same device. If your pet ends up at a location where they do not have the matching scanner for the chip in your pet, it will come up negative.
- 22 calls made to “pet recovery lines” 15 made you leave a message (APA 2003)
- Less than 1% of veterinarians scan every new client’s pet to see if they are chipped (APA 2003)
- APA states: “ A recent poll showed that of 82 humane shelters contacted randomly, 61 did not have scanners (to read microchips). 8 had scanners but didn’t use them and only 3 scanned microchips.
- NONE contacted had more than one Microchip scanner.
With new technology in GPS for animals you know where your best friend is anywhere on planet Earth without implanting a chip in them.
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Dr. Stephen R. Blake