April 27, 2011
While having my youngest Boston Terrier CERF tested at a dog show last weekend, the veterinary ophthalmologist went to scan her for a microchip number to write on the certificate as a means of permanent identification that this is the dog being examined.
I do not microchip my dogs – I have them tattooed. The veterinarian was surprised and wrote down the tattoo number instead but informed me that AKC and OFA are really pushing microchips and soon will not be accepting tattoos on their testing forms. Really?
Consumers are repeatedly told that microchip implants are safe. So safe, in fact, that pharmaceutical giant Merial says scientific studies show that microchip implants are totally painless, perfectly well tolerated by the animal and that there is no risk of itchiness, allergic reactions or abscesses. Merial even claims that European experience shows that microchips are never rejected from the body. However, published scientific studies and adverse microchip reports recorded by the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) prove otherwise.
Here are some great resources for research on the dangerous implications of microchipping our pets:
Please be informed – please think twice before allowing your beloved pet to be micro-chipped!
UPDATE – July 6, 2018 – AKC is still allowing tattoos as means of permanent ID so it may have just been a typical veterinary scare tactic to get more pets chipped.
Microchips are STILL dangerous for many reasons so be sure to do your homework before you commit to implanting a microchip in your beloved canine companion.