How much does your furry friend love to run outside? If your cat or dog is anything like mine, he would be running around the whole neighborhood wandering the streets for hours. Luckily my pup, Snoopy, always find his way home! But what if he didn’t and ended up lost, or even worse, stolen? How would you find him? It would be a terrifying experience to lose a pet. But thanks to today’s latest technology with microchips, finding a wandering or stolen pet has become a lot easier.
The American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) have joined forces to create “Check the Chip Day” on August 15th to remind and encourage pet owners to have their pets microchipped at their local veterinarian’s office right away and to keep their registration information current and accurate.
What are Microchips?
Microchips are injectable pet identification codes permanently implanted beneath the surface of your dog or cat’s skin, between the shoulder blades. They are about the size of a rice grain and injected by a veterinarian, similar to the way a vaccine would be administered. The process takes seconds to complete, without the need of anesthesia, any power supply, batteries, routine care and they don’t have any harmful or moving parts. A microchip operates for over 25 years and is guaranteed to work throughout the animal’s lifetime.
How do they work?
The way it works is very simple! If your pet is lost or stolen:
– A microchip scanner is passed over the pet’s shoulder blades, emitting low frequency waves to power the chip.
– The microchip sends a signal to the scanner with the unique pet ID code.
– That pet ID code is run through a universal database to locate the pet owner’s contact information.
– The owner is contacted and made aware that their pet has been found and ready to return home!
Rather than just pet collar ID tags alone that can become illegible over time or lost, the microchip is permanently and secretly implanted into the pet’s skin and thus cannot be removed or lost at any time. Each ID is unique to one specific pet. It is recommended to use BOTH pet ID collar tags AND microchipping to ensure the most reliable and safest retrieval of your pet.
What do I need to do?
Registration is key to pet retrieval. This is a two-fold process: the chip needs to be properly implanted by a veterinarian AND registration information must be up-to-date and accurate. Log on to the microchip manufacturer’s website within 24 hours of implantation and register the microchip to activate it. Once this information is in the database, remember to update it with your current contact information.
We all love our pets so let’s all remember to get our pets microchipped and if your pet already is, remember to “Check the Chip” and make sure your information is up-to-date!