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Studies Say Chip May Harm Pets, Vets Say Don't Worry

Dr. Merten Pearson from Noah's Ark Pet Hospital inserts about five chips per week and doesn't see any reason for pet owners to panic. Dr. Merten Pearson from Noah's Ark Pet Hospital inserts about five chips per week and doesn't see any reason for pet owners to panic.

Something that is supposed to keep your pet from getting lost can reportedly make it sick.  Pets across the country have been inserted with a grain-of-rice sized micro-chip to find them if they get lost.

But a new study is showing that the chip may cause tumors in lab animals.

However, Dr. Merten Pearson from Noah's Ark Pet Hospital inserts about five chips per week and doesn't see any reason for pet owners to panic.

"Without a doubt, I recommend them. I think they're wonderful things. I personally have never seen them cause a health problem," says Pearson.

The humane society agrees, and also recommends using the chips.  They say a micro-chip, in their facility, could save an animal's life.

"We get information on these animals that we wouldn't have otherwise and it makes all the difference," says Andrea Soliz, Amarillo Humane Society Director.

So, the general consensus among vets and shelters is: the micro-chip does more good than harm.

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