Safety of Microchip Implants

Safety of Microchip Implants

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To microchip or not to microchip? Pet owners, ponder the question. In 2007 though, an independent researcher reviewing a collection of studies raised concerns about potential microchip induced tumors in animals. The American Veterinary Medical Association acknowledged the findings; but the organization’s site notes, instances of these tumors are rare and unsubstantiated. "Tumors associated with microchips in two dogs and two cats have been reported, but in at least one dog and one cat the tumor could not be directly linked to the microchip itself."

Research Inconclusive

Katherine Albrecht, director of Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering, spoke about microchip induced tumors at a 2010 conference sponsored by IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Microchips, which are about the size of a grain of rice, are inserted between the shoulder blades of the animal. Owners register pets with databases and those with proper scanners can check chips for owner information. The American Veterinary Medical Association says the chances of a pet developing "cancer due to its microchip is very, very low."

Watch the video: Elon Musk reveals plans to implant computer chips into brains (August 2022).

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