Microchipping Your Dog – Pros and Cons – Part Two

In Part One of this article, we looked at exactly what a microchip is, how it’s implanted and how it works to help reunite you with your dog in case the unthinkable happens and he get’s lost.

In this article we are going to examine the pro and cons of microchipping, including looking at the facts behind the fear that microchipping your dog increases your canine companion’s chance of cancer.

The Pros
One – First of all, a microchip provides a permanent method of identifying your dog. Unlike a tag, it cannot fall off or become damaged so it can’t be read.

Two – The implantation procedure itself is very fast, easy and does not require surgery to perform.

Three – The procedure is relatively inexpensive.

Four – Microchips are global and can be read by scanners anywhere.

Five – The microchip will last for the life of your pet.

Six – Many thousands of dogs, as well as other pets, have been joyfully reunited with their owners because of this technology.

The Cons
One – The risks associated with implantation are very low and include infection and injury due to the insertion of the needle. When performed by a skilled veterinarian, these risks are extremely low.

Two – There are very rare reports of a chip migrating from its original insertion site.

Three – There is an extremely low incidence of tumor formation at the site of implantation. Tumors associated with implantation have been reported in only two dogs and two cats. However, in one of the dogs and one of the cats, the tumor formation was not directly linked to the chip and could have formed for another reason entirely.

Risks associated with microchip implantation in dogs is very low and the pros far outweigh the cons when it comes to this decision. So get your dog chipped. One day, you may be very glad you took this step!

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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