If you’re a dog lover, chances are sometime in your life you’ve experienced that pit-of-the-stomach feeling of a dog getting loose. Maybe you didn’t think they could jump over the back fence or they made a dash out the front door when you opened it to let someone in. When pets get lost, they don’t have the same advantages we do. They can’t stop and ask for directions or tell someone where they live. That’s where a microchip can help.
August 15th is National Chip Your Pet Day. National Chip Your Pet Day is a collaboration between the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). If you’re not familiar with microchips, they’re small chips of data that contain a number specific to your pet. About the size of a grain of rice, they’re inserted just below the skin, usually at the base of the neck.
The unique number they contain is linked to your contact data via the chip manufacturer’s database. When your pet gets lost the information the chip contains can be read with a specially designed wand that nearly all vet’s offices and shelters have. The information the chip transmits is used to get your contact information. The shelter or vet’s office can then call to let you know your pet has been found. Without a chip, your dog looks a lot like the tens of thousands of other stray animals taken to shelters daily.
Cash in on this reminder to setup an appointment at your vet’s office to have your pet chipped. If they’re already chipped, make sure your contact information is updated in your chip manufacturer’s database. Chips aren’t much good if your phone number or address isn’t accurate. You and your pet will be glad you did!