Do microchips cause cancer? Many pet owners are beginning to ask this very same question due to aggressive tumors developing around the microchips of 2 dogs. One of the dogs was left terminally ill and the other died.
Similar to parents of autistic children starting to piece the puzzle together after years of denial and linking the MMR vaccine with autism, autopsy reports and pet owners are now linking the aggressive tumors and sarcomas with those very same microchips that are constantly branded as “the next coolest and safest” method to counter identity theft in humans.
Another cause for alarm is the fact that neither the Food and Drug Administration nor Verichip (maker of the chips) have publicly disclosed the fact that a few studies on lab mice in the mid 90s caused malignant tumors. Additionally, a study conducted in Ridgefield, Connecticut in 1998 found that over 10% of 177 mice with the microchip developed cancer. In addition, a 2006 study in France found that 4.1% of 1,260 mice also developed tumors. Sadly, this French study was not seeking the development of tumors and because the findings were incidental, the findings may have been underestimated. The majority of these cases found that the tumors encased the microchips.
In an additional blow to some nonprofit’s claims of aiding in general animal health, we find the case of Leon the French Bulldog. Although Leon received a microchip implant, his owner revealed that Leon also received a vaccination near the same spot as the implant. Vaccinations are known to induce sarcomas, so in Leon’s case it is difficult to tell if his death was caused by the chip or the vaccine.
While some proponents of the microchips claim that the benefits in the event of your pet getting lost greatly outweigh the risk of cancer, the 4.1% or 10% statistic always seem remote until it happens to your beloved pet. Why not just got with a traditional collar and skip the risk altogether? Our society seems fixated with the newest and coolest tech toys, but early adopters can end up paying a dear price for being pioneers.