Vet Tips
August 15, 2023

Celebrating Check the Chip Day: Why Microchips Matter

Did you know that 1 in 3 family pets will get lost in their lifetime? Microchipping your pet is a wonderful way to help get them back home! According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, microchipped dogs are more than twice as likely to be returned to their families, and microchipped cats are more than 20 times as likely to be returned to their families!

Lost pet sign on a telephone pole

August 15th is National Check the Chip Day! Did you know that 1 in 3 family pets will get lost in their lifetime? Microchipping your pet is a wonderful way to help get them back home! According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, microchipped dogs are more than twice as likely to be returned to their families, and microchipped cats are more than 20 times as likely to be returned to their families!

Microchips Matter!

Microchipping your pet is a simple procedure that can be done at your pet’s routine visit with their veterinarian. The microchip is implanted under the skin (typically between the shoulder blades) with a hypodermic needle. Once the microchip has been placed, you must register your pet’s microchip and keep your contact information up to date!

If your pet were to become lost, their rescuers would be able to bring them to any shelter or veterinary clinic to be scanned for a microchip and then be able to obtain your emergency contact information. However, if your pet’s microchip is not registered or if your contact information has not been updated, it makes getting your pet home very difficult.

Microchips are used for identification purposes only. Microchips are not GPS devices and will not track or locate a missing animal. Microchips do not replace collars and identification tags. The best way to keep your pet safe and at home is to ensure your pet is wearing a collar with identification tags and being microchipped.

If you have any questions about microchips or other ways to keep your pet safe, our team is available 24/7!