Originally Posted by Rang_27
In addition to this I can tell you that the chances of having a lost pet returned without a chip is very low. At our shelter we just had a cat come in a Saturday & get returned to his owner because he was chipped. She is in the process of moving & when they showed her appartment they accidentaly let him out, but his chip allowed him to be reunited with his loving Mom. So for now it seems that the likely hood of cancer is small enough to be worth the possiblity that I would get any one of my babies back.
The big problem I have with that argument is a lot of shelters do not have a chip reader at all. Then you have to hope they have a chip reader that recognizes chips other than that particular company's chips. I did work at a shelter, and cats with collars and tags often do get reunited with their owners. However, most cats don't wear them. Dogs were reunited more often because of their license/rabies and ID tags.
My other problem with the chips is this quote from Itchmo.com:
|The Associated Press is reporting the results of these studies were not made public by microchip companies or federal regulatory agencies. When the FDA was asked which studies they were aware of, they declined to answer. Microchip companies and even the American Medical Association said they were unaware of these studies.
The 3 studies showed anywhere from 1%-10% of mice in the studies developed cancer. It's only recently that they have started pushing microchipping of every animal. Those aren't odds I want to play around with. I think they need to do more research, one of the Drs quoted said they felt there should be a 20 yr study done to see what biological effects the chips do have on the animal.
I'll step off my soapbox now.