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Most vets recommend microchips in spite of controversy

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By nospam@example.com (Therese Kopiwoda) on DogHobbyist

The possibility of cancer has some people wondering if it’s safe to microchip their pets.

Suddenly, “microchipping” of pets has acquired something of a bad name.

Competing chip makers, each claiming their product is superior. Scanners incapable of detecting all chips, causing beloved animals to linger in shelters or be sent to death row. And, perhaps most alarming of all, a reported link between microchips and cancer in dogs and laboratory rats.

Pet owners who have long believed microchips to be the best insurance against losing their animals are understandably confused.

To chip or not to chip?

Most mainstream veterinarians say microchipping pets still makes sense.

They argue that the cancer claims are overblown and that flaws in the chipping system are outweighed by the potential benefits that the technology offers.

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January 23, 2008 - Posted by | Feline Health

2 Comments »

  1. When a pet goes missing or even lost it is so important that we proactively react to the situation. Taking steps to protect your pet prior to having this scary and overwhelming incident happen. These steps include always keeping a collar on your pet with I.D Tags. Having your pet micro-chipped and registering them properly. Never leaving them outside unattended, this could lead to their escape as well as giving the opportunity for someone to steal your pet.

    Making sure that you’re pet (s) are registered properly is vital to helping them return home. There are many companies that you can register your pet with. One of these companies is called http://www.helpmefindmypet.com they provide not only a registry but they also have created a proactive lost pet alert that is sent out in up to a fifty mile radius to all Shelters, Rescues, Veterinarians, Municipalities, Groomers, Kennels, Pet Industry, and Members. People find lost pets; if your community is aware that you’re pet is missing this will create a local involvement resulting in more pets being reunited with their families. Prevention and preparation is essential to keeping your family together.

    Comment by Rachel Cullen | January 24, 2008 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the link Rachel. I have been looking in to this more and have been noticing that the number of occurances so far are out weighed by non occurances. With all of the different ways an animal can become separated from their family I think it is worth the small risk.

    Also, for breeders, visit Revivalanimalhealth.com, they have a number of different chips to choose from with very decent prices. They are having a sale on them right now if I’m not mistaken. The preloaded, sterilized chips are about $52 for 10? Add an extra $9.00 and each one comes with prepaid registration and ID tags/info etc. Pretty good deal considering how much you pay for each one at a vet office. They are also pretty easy to use.

    Comment by pixiebobjournal | January 24, 2008 | Reply


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