6 Frequently asked Microchip Questions

Despite people knowing a lot about pet microchips, some questions are still a mystery. It is why we are here to clarify some questions you may have about microchips and how they work.

1. Do Microchips have Radiation and will they hurt my Pet? 

Microchips do have small amounts of radiation, but they are not enough to hurt your dog. The minuscule amount of radiation is only used when the chip is near a scanner — since RFID microchips cannot generate power alone.

Therefore, if this is stopping you from getting a microchip for your dog, it should not be your main concern. Our smartphones use radiofrequency waves, and they are still not omitting enough of these waves to cause cancer in humans. So, even if you do not feel safe with a microchip, many electronic devices around your house use different types of technology that cause slight levels of radiation. 

2. Can my Pet get Cancer from a Microchip?

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If you are an avid researcher when it comes to the safety of your pets, you have probably read many articles online about the causation between microchips and cancer. However, what these articles do not share is that most of these studies were tested on rodents. Rodents and dogs/cats do not share the same physiology, so it is harder to say whether these studies apply to larger animals.

A study from 1996 from the British Small Animal Veterinary Association found that from 3.7 million pets, only 2 animals suffered from any form of tumor formation. As Dr. Andy Roark points out, veterinarians are bound to a code of conduct and ethics that click-bait articles on the web do not need to adhere to. 

Of course, if someone begins an article with, “all microchips cause cancer,” it will generate more revenue for the website. So, keep this in mind when scrolling through these websites. Studies and statistics tell the truth about microchips, and it is extremely rare for a pet to suffer any problems from a microchip.

100 thousand dogs per year have died in the back of trucks, so it is more likely for you to place your dog in danger by leaving them unrestrained while riding in a car. 

3. Do Microchips Have Batteries Inside Them?

Unlike your smoke alarm, microchips never run out of power. There are two types of RFID microchips. One of these microchips has a battery and the other is known as a “passive” microchip. 

Your pet will have a “passive” microchip, so it will only activate with a scanner. Therefore, no batteries are required. This is the same technology that is currently being used on some people. The people implanted with these microchips can buy products from vending machines without walking around with their credit cards. Whether this sounds appealing to you or not, it is great to know your pet microchip uses the same safety technology. 

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4. Can Microchips Control Dogs?

Definitely, not. Microchips are not a form of e-collar. They do not administer any shock or sound when your pet is not following your commands. The only one that can properly train your dog is you by taking them to a reward-based training obedience class. 

Microchips are only a form of identification for your dog. So, don’t expect a microchip to give you the perfect pet. 

5. Will a Microchip Move in my Pet?

Microchips may move slightly if your pet gains or loses weight. Despite this, the microchip is not dangerous just because it has moved a couple of inches. If you are concerned about the migration of your chip, you should ask your vet to check for a microchip on your next visit. 

Along with this, when getting a microchip, it is safer to ask a veterinarian to place the chip inside of a pet than doing it yourself. The microchip must go between the shoulder blades of a pet and if it is placed correctly, it should still be there.

New technology for microchips is coming out to make it less likely for a microchip to move. These implements include a surrounding layer made of polypropylene to stop a chip from moving around. As microchips become more advanced, it is less likely an owner will need to worry about them moving inside their pet. 

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6. Can Microchips cause Seizures?

So far, no studies have been published about any correlation between microchips and seizures. Seizures are more likely to be caused by other medical conditions inside a dog. One of the most likely causes of a seizure is a condition called idiopathic epilepsy. This condition usually occurs because of genetics in dogs, and it happens more often when a dog is purebred.

So, rest assured that a microchip will not increase the chances of a dog having a seizure! 

Keep Your Dog Safe with a Microchip!

At My Pets Chip, we attempt to keep pets safe by always asking owners to microchip their pets. Pets are safer when they have a form of identification and if the identification is a collar, it can get lost. A microchip works better because it is something a pet can never lose, and as long as a pet is registered in the national database, it will be easy for a shelter or veterinary clinic to scan the microchip. 

Therefore, give your pet the gift of a microchip!