Does your pet have a chip on his shoulder? No, not that kind. The tiny electromagnetic transponder that will help him be reunited with you if he becomes lost. If he does it’s time for an update! August 15th is National Check the Chip Day!
This special day, founded by the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association, is meant to remind pet parents how important microchips can be when it comes to their pets returning home. Today isn’t just about checking that your pet is microchipped but making sure that microchip is up-to-date with your current contact information.
A microchip can only do its job when it’s registered and current.
Why Do You Need to Check that Chip Today?
Here are the facts:
- One in three pets gets lost or stolen during their lifetime.
- A pet becomes lost every two seconds in the United States.
- 10 million U.S. cats and dogs become lost each year.
- Only 2% of lost cats that enter shelters are returned to their families.
- Only 22% of dogs that enter shelters are returned to their owners.
- Only 58% of pets with microchips have them registered with contact information.
- When a microchipped pet isn’t returned, it’s often due to out-of-date owner information.
How Can Checking Your Pet’s Microchip Increase the Odds of Her Safe Return Home?
This small microchip, enclosed in the tiniest glass cylinder you can imagine, is the size of a grain of rice, but it holds the key to your pet’s safe return. Until dogs and cats master the art of human speech, their microchips speak for them when they become lost. Each chip has a unique identification number linked to a database where your contact information is stored.
Microchips can be scanned when a pet is brought into almost any vet’s office (including ours!), a shelter, or by animal control.
But Let’s Look at How Useful A Pet’s Microchip Can Be:
- A microchipped cat is 20% more likely to be returned to her family.
- A dog with a microchip is twice as likely to make it back home.
- In the United Kingdom, where microchipping is enforced, 3 times more dogs are returned home.
- Dogs like Boozer have been reunited with their families after years apart thanks to his microchip.
- Cats like George have been reunited with their parents after over ten years after becoming lost.
- Dogs like Gidget end up thousands of miles from home, but his microchip saved this adventurous pup!
How can you check and update your pet’s microchip?
It only takes a few minutes to check and update your pet’s microchip.
If you have your chip information, you can use the manufacturer’s registry to make sure your pets’ information is up-to-date. Not sure of your pet’s microchip number? Make an appointment, and we will happily scan your cat or dog and provide you with their chip number.
You can check your contact information with the AAHA Microchip Lookup, a non-profit that keeps a registry of all pet microchips.
If your dog or cat has a microchip already, great! Get busy checking that chip! If not, it’s time to make that appointment. Microchipping your pet is quick, easy, almost painless, and it can save your pet’s life and bring him safely home to you.
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