I have a 6 month old AKC registered labrador retriever, and have heard and read that microchips cause cancer. So I want some opinions on ear tattoos. I don't know of anyone local that does it. I live in WV. But would like to hear your input. I had a 13 year old black lab/golden retriever mix that I lost to cancer in August, so when I heard the microchips cause cancer I decided not to go that route.
I have never seen any evidence that supports the theory of micro-chips causing cancer. If it's true, there will be thousands if not millions of dogs with cancer. I would think evidence of this would have surfaced everywhere, by now. Until something concrete is released about micro-chips being carcinogenic, I will keep micro chipping my dogs for the tracking factor.
Catlover...I had a blue persian that got an ear tattoo when he was 13 months old. He was pts at 17 yrs later and his tattoo was just as clear as when he first got it. He escaped out of the house when he was 16 yrs old and when I called all the local vet offices and the humane society they said make sure we mention that in our missing posters this way if he was picked up by someone they would be able to recognize he was the missing cat without having to bring him somewhere to check if he had a microchip. He got him back 3 days later. Not that the tattoo had anything to do with it..he was trapped in the neighbours crawl space. He had managed to crawl in through a hole in the outside wall under her porch where an old dryer vent used to be and dropped down about 4 feet and couldn't get back out. On the third day she called over the fence that she was sure she could hear a cat meowing but couldn't figure out where it was coming from. The only way into her crawl space that she knew about was a trap door under the kitchen table so she never looked down there.
Thank you everyone for your replys. I am going to do more research on the micro-chips. I guess when I read an article in a newspaper stating they caused cancer I thought of my Jessie girl and do not want to ever go through that again.
There are so many products that have been on the market for years. Then studies are done and they are found to be harmful. They still have not made up their minds wether or not i will die from drinking coffee. Since i have been drinking it for well over 30 years, if i died from it now it would have been an extremely slow death. Micro chips can make a huge different in locating a missing pet. The benefits far outweigh the so called ( never proven ) risks. There are many devices that are implanted into our bodies that can cause potential problems. But if i ever need, say, a pacemaker, i would definately get one rather than worry about wether it may or may not cause cancer down the road.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
I've also seen the article that states that microchips cause cancer. As I recall, a boston terrier in Italy came down with cancer, and it happened to have a microchip. This is as far as I know the only documented instance of a microchip in a dog being linked with cancer. I'm sorry but I don't consider ONE dog getting cancer that happened to be microchipped in the area of the cancer as proof that microchips cause cancer.
In fact I'm completely confused as to how physically it's even possible, as a microchip is an inert object, that cuases no reactions with skin, muscle or tissue. Heck I've had a pin in my hip for years, and I haven't developed cancer yet, I dont really see that the microchip is much different. You aren't injecting something into the body that is absorbed by the cells, the way you do with vaccinations (some of which are linked to cancer especially in cats).
I personally know lots of people who have had their dogs microchipped, and not a single one has ever had any issues with the microchip. I can't make the same claim regarding vaccinations. But either way I won't stop doing either for my pets.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
I have not seen anything reported about microchips causing cancer. I would always tatoo a non removeable area, like the belly. If some one actually wanted to steal your dog, they could always have an ear or leg removed. Yes I know it should awful, but having experiance rescuing pits from fighters, you would be suprised what people and vets do. I prefer to microchip.
Every dog i have ever had has been micro-chipped and NONE of them have gotten cancer. Also we have to tatoo rabbits for the fairs and I have noticed that the ink will fade out of some holes making it very hard to read.
Not sure if that helps or if it is even what your talking about LMAO!
I am really mad at who ever wrote up that ridiculous report and sent it to CNN and all the 'news' companies. Since that report came out I have had several families NOT want to have their puppies chipped because of 'cancer'. Which is too bad, because I don't let my puppies leave unchipped.
So I have to explain how there is MUCH more danger of the puppy becoming lost or stolen than developing a cancer due to the micro-chip. Thankfully if anyone still has doubts, I tell them to ask their vet the opinion on micro-chipping. I have never had any one say that their vet told them not to get the chip.
That article has been a huge dis-service to dogs everywhere.
Thanks again for all the insight on this issue. I read the article in a local newspaper and it was reported by AP news. I don't just jump to conclusions, but when I read they have caused malignant tumors it caused me to reconsider. I have gone through cancer with my Jessie Girl and she passed away on August 2, 2007. Illusionminis, I had not thought about the removal of dogs body parts to remove a tatto. I mean how cruel can someone be. But I am sure it happens. And Alicat1, we have an appiontment with our vet newxt week and will discuss it with him. All of your comments will be taken into consideration and have been very insightful. Thanks again.