I am giving far warning to anyone that is getting ready to read this article that there are some very disturbing and saddening photos and information in this post; however, I believe that it is information that people need to be aware of so here goes.
In the last ten years or so we have heard a lot about micro-chipping our pets. You currently have commercials that just tug at your heart showing a dog lost from its owners and terrified followed by a computerized voice over the television telling you “oh if only you had the Home Again Animal Tracking Chip” in an attempt to emotionally manipulate you into getting your animal chipped. What they do not tell you is that micro-chipping your dog has numerous side effects and that numerous animals have died as a result of being chipped or suffered severe heinous side effects. The two images below are from the Humane Society of America and from the organization that creates the pet microchips knows as Home Again. These images tell you that there are no side effects or risks to your animal and is 100% safe. The other image tells you that somehow you are not a good pet owner if you do not microchip your animal, your best friend, the animal that you love so much and consider family. After all if it is 100% safe and can help you find your missing dog it would be negligence not to do so! Right?
The image above is the one from the Humane Society of America telling you to basically be a good pet owner and microchip your pet.
This image is from the website of the company that makes the Home Again microchip that is lying through its teeth you by stating their product is safe and side effect free. I think that common sense should tell you that NOTHING that is put into your body is symptom free. Something ALWAYS happens even if it is a positive side effect. There is always a reaction.
One of the stories that really touched my heart regarding the side effects of micro-chipping your pet is the story of Scotty a once healthy 5 year old Yorkshire Terrier that developed a cancerous tumor that had to be removed after having the micro-chip implanted. The tumor grew around the micro-chip between the animals shoulder blades that grew to the size of a balloon! The microchip was embedded inside the center of the massive tumor. Scotty was taken to the vet who gave him only a year to live.
The image above shows the general location of micro-chips and how they clearly show up on x-rays.
As you can see from above Scotty is a beautiful animal with a loving owner who upon hearing the horrifying diagnosis demanded that the tumor be removed and her beloved animal try to be saved. Mrs. Hawkins, the owner Scotty, spend over $4,000 on treatments for Scotty and below is an image of the horrifying result.
Mrs. Hawkins informed the company that made the microchip, Home Again, only to recieve a repsonse from them that they would give her $300 for what happened to her beloved pet, not even 10% of the cost Mrs. Hawkins had to spend to save her animal and nowhere near the amount of money I feel she deserved due to Scotty’s pain and suffering but the hell that Mrs. Hawkins had to go through with knowing that because she put a microchip in her beloved Scotty that she in essence caused all of this to happen because she didn’t know better. She believed the company Home Again that the product was safe.
Cancer is not the only side effect of implantation. There have been cases including the case of a Chihuahua named Charlie Brown experienced another outcome from the chipping procedure. He bled to death.
“I wasn’t in favor of getting Charlie chipped, but it was the law,” said Lori Ginsberg, the Chihuahua’s owner, citing an ordinance that requires all dogs over the age of four months in unincorporated Los Angeles County be microchipped. Dog owners who refuse to comply face a $250 fine for the first offense and up to six months in jail and $1,000 fine for continued non-compliance.
“This technology is supposedly so great until it’s your animal that dies,” she said. “I can’t believe Charlie is gone”.
Can you imagine being either of these owners? Think of all the owners and animals that you have not heard about in this article. I ask that all of you reading this send a link to this blog to your friends and family and encourage them to do the research about what really happens when micro-chipping your best friend. Get the facts. If you live in an area like the above owner where micro-chipping is mandated legally then I ask that you write to your mayor, local representatives your state Veterinary Board, and reach out to try and quash these laws.
Below is a link to a 52 page peer reviewed article about the very high rates of cancer in lab rats that were given the same implant that is given to our furry canine friends.
I ask all of you to check out the page below which is an organization called Chip Me Not. I ask all of you to get involved in any way that you can with this organization to get micro-chipping laws repealed so that it is not legally mandated that you get your dog chipped and that you stand up for those that do not have a voice and depend on us to be there voice as well as their protectors. I just ask you to do whatever it is that you can do even if all that you are capable of doing is posting a link to this blog so that others can hear the truth. As it is said on the site Chip Me Not “It’s not a statistic when it’s your pet” and I could not agree with that more.
The last piece of information that I wish to leave you with is this. If they are beginning to legally mandate that you micro-chip your animal, if they are playing television commercials telling you that you’re not a good pet owner unless you get your pet chipped, stating despite the evidence that these micro-chips are safe, how long do you think it will take for us to get so used to chipping our pets that sooner rather than later they will begin commercials saying good parents micro-chip their children?