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Check the Chip Day

Did you know that today, August 15th, is Check The Chip Day? This unofficial pet holiday may not be quite as cute as Spoil Your Dog Day or Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, but it does shed light on a very serious topic. Microchipping your pet is one of the best things you can do to protect them. In fact, it could one day save your furry friend’s life! A local White Rock, TX vet discusses microchips in this article.

Basics

Microchipping is a very quick and simple procedure. However, getting your pet microchipped is only the first part of the process. You’ll need to fill out your records for the chip manufacturer’s database. This is very important! Most animal shelters and rescues do scan pets for microchips at intake. However, if your records are outdated, missing, or incomplete, the chip will be useless. You’ll also need to update this information if and when you move or change contact information.

The Numbers

The statistics on lost pets and microchips are truly staggering. According to the American Humane Association, over 10 million dogs and cats go missing each year in the U.S. Or, to put it another way, one in three pets will get lost at some point in their lives. Microchips greatly increase the chances of missing or stolen pets being reunited with their humans. In fact, one study revealed that microchipped dogs are 238 percent more likely to be returned to their owners than un-microchipped pups. The number is even higher for kitties: cats with microchips are 2000 percent more likely to being reunited with their humans than un-chipped felines. Unfortunately, of the pets that did have microchips, a whopping 42 percent were not registered. That’s why checking the chip is so important!

Checking The Chip

Chips don’t require any maintenance. However, we still recommend having your vet check your furry buddy’s chip during their regular appointments. This is just to ensure that it hasn’t moved or stopped working. You’ll also want to take a few minutes to ensure that your records are correct in the chip manufacturer’s database. You can try using the AAHA Pet Microchip Lookup Tool here. However, if you need to add or edit your information, you’ll need to contact your service provider directly.

Do you have question about microchips? Please contact us, your local White Rock, TX pet clinic, anytime!

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