24 Hour Lost
1998 study of 177 mice reported an incidence of cancer of just over
10 percent. A French study in 2006 noted tumors in 4.1 percent of
1,260 micro chipped mice. And a German study in 1997 linked cancer to
microchips in 1 percent of 4,279 mice.
Tattooing is a permanent
ID that involves marking a ID # code on the belly or inside leg of
dogs, or the ear of cats.
When done by Tattoo-A
Pet Agents, it is automatically registered for the lifetime of the
pet. In addition a "hotline" collar tag is given. Being
visible identifiers, with or without a tag, Tattoo-A-Pet can easily
be found. Owners of found pets are quickly identified by a
phone call to Tattoo-A-Pet's 24 hour Lost Pet Hotline.
In addition, being visible is a
deterrent from a finder "trying to keep" the pet, unlike microchips.
If your pet has a tattoo already, you
must register it with Tattoo-A-Pet in order for it to be recovered.
An unregistered tattoo is useless.
This is an invaluable form of identification should a pet be stolen
for research; laboratories will instantly know the animal is not
abandoned but a beloved pet.
MICROCHIPS IN PETS DONíT WORK
How does a Microchip Work
(or not work)?
Each microchip is given a
unique code that is registered with a recovery program. A
scanner is needed to identify the codes. Since there
are 9 (yes nine) chip companies and no one scanner that
scans all chips even if the dog is scanned the chances of
finding a chip are risky.
The trick is that the dog
MUST BE SCANNED in order to find the chip. We
see more information all the time indicating that shelters
are not scanning the animals at all. Reasons like "we
were to busy", "they are never registered anyway",
"the scanner is broken", "there are to many scanners so we
just don't check any" or the "battery was dead" are all to
common excuses for not checking for chips.
The chip MUST BE
"registered" with the recovery program or the owner of that
chip will never be found.
Chips are electronic and
electronics can fail.
When a pet is found by an
individual who is not aware of micro chipping and does not
know to take the pet to a clinic or shelter for scanning or
if the registry information is not kept up to date, the
microchip is of no benefit.
If the finder wants to
keep the pet, they are not likely to have it scanned.
Even if the pet is taken to the same Vet who implanted the chip;
if the finder presents the animal as theirs the Vet would
have no reason to scan for a chip.
If your pet ever
needs to have a life saving MRI, the existence of a
microchip could kill them. How many pet owner would
even think of that at a time when they may need a MRI?
How does a Tattoo Work?
The tattoo is visually
seen, no special scanning equipment needed.
Using our tattoo
numbering system your pet's tattoo can be traced even if the
registration process ha
s not been completed.
Tattoo's are permanent.
If you find a pet and the tattoo has faded, apply some water
to the area, most times is becomes readable. Tattoo's
with a tattoo-a-pet dealer are guaranteed. If your
pet's tattoo becomes un-readable it can be retraced.
Federal law restricts the
use of a tattooed animal for research. Laboratories
can't accept tattooed animals. They can lose their license
if they do.
Does a Microchip Guarantee
My Dog will be Found?
Absolutely not! It
is the responsibility of the dog owner to register with
recovery program, and to update them with any changes.
The shelter or finder of
the dog has to be able to scan the chip in order to
know. They have to be lucky enough that they
have the proper scanner for
reading that chip and that the chip has not migrated to
another location in
Even the chip companies
are conscious of their faults recommending "You
should always consider more than one form of identification
for your dog."
Does a Tattoo Guarantee My
Dog will be Found?
There is no guarantee,
but your chances are the HIGHEST with the
99% documented recovery record of tattoo-a-pet, since 1972.
immediately recognizable and reported; this recovery process
is the most effective means of identification available.
Dognappers and finders
are deterred and are not going to take or try to
keep a pet with a permanent VISIBLE form of ID.
Are Microchips Safe or
Any foreign material
embedded under the skin has risk.
More cases of cancer at
the chip site are found every year. The chip
companies refuse to recognize that. They continue to
point to other factors,
including vaccinations, for the cancers found surrounding
The microchip is
implanted with a surgical tube needle under the skin.
There may be pain associated with the penetration of the
needle. Certainly if your pet develops cancer in the
site they are at risk of unnecessary pain.
Other dangers include the
misplacement of a chip in a struggling animal causing death
or paralysis, and chips migrating within the petís body
causing abscesses and infection.
Microchips contain metal,
this makes a life saving MRI impossible.
Chips contain an
electromagnetic transponder. Need we say more...
Are Tattoo's Safe or
Tattoo's are safe and
It is absolutely
permanent, indisputable proof that you own
the dog without any adverse effects, like an infection or
It takes 5 to10 minutes
to complete a tattoo on the average dog,
no anesthesia required and the dogs feel no pain at the
IF YOUR PET IS CHIPPED
Back it up with a visible
For Your Pet's SakeÖ
More links to
documentation of health issues related to microchips.
Antichips.com documentation on
Microchips and Cancer
Washington Post Article Linking Tumors to Microchips
Tattooing is a visible ID that works. No scanner is needed
to read. Proven 99% documented recoveries.
Labs, under federal law, cannot use a tattooed pet.