Daisy reminds everyone to “Check the Chip”
I have my lab coat on today because we need to talk about something very important. May is National Chip Your Pet Month!
No, I am not talking about potato chips (even though it might be a good idea to check to make sure you have plenty of potato chips in the house at all times). I’m talking about MICROCHIPS. A microchip is only about as big as a grain of rice… maybe that’s why it’s called a microchip and not a macrochip.
Does your dog or cat have a microchip implanted for safety? Well, that’s only part of the answer. To be effective, it is crucial that you register your pet’s microchip and update the information whenever you move or get a new phone number.
You HAVE kept your pet’s microchip information up to date, right? If not, do it now! If you aren’t sure if your information is up to date, you can enter the chip number in this AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool.
Besides making sure the microchip is registered and up to date, it’s also a good idea to have it scanned every once in a while to make sure it’s working properly. You can have this done at your veterinarian’s office during your pet’s next visit, or at your local animal shelter. These days, microchip scanners are universal and can read pretty much every brand of microchips.
So let’s recap. There are FOUR important things you need to do:
- Make sure each of your pets has a microchip implanted.
- Register the microchip and provide your contact information.
- Update the information whenever you move or change your phone number.
- Have your microchip scanned periodically.
As long as we’re checking those chips, I think I’ll just check out this potato chip, too. Can’t be too careful!