Did you know that August 15, 2017 is National Check the Chip Day? This event was established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to encourage pet owners to both have their pets microchipped and to keep the registration information up-to-date. By doing this yearly, you increase your pet’s chance of returning home if he/she should become lost.
This is a perfect opportunity to:
1. Make an appointment with your veterinarian for microchipping if your pet isn’t already microchipped (then make sure that your pet’s chip is immediately registered); and
2. Check your already-microchipped pet’s registration information in the microchip manufacturer’s database, and make sure it’s up-to-date.
If you are still unsure about microchipping your pet, click here for frequently asked questions (FAQ).
To update your microchip:
You’ll need your pet’s microchip number. If you haven’t already created an account with the manufacturer, you’ll need to do this as well so that you can access the registration in the future to update the information. Make sure that all of the information, particularly your phone number(s) and address, are correct.
There are many databases that allow you to register your pet’s microchip, but the one that really counts – the one that animal shelters and veterinarians will search – is the database maintained by the manufacturer of your pet’s microchip. AAHA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool, an internet-based application, is linked to the registries of the majority of microchip manufacturers and allows a quick database search of any microchip made by these manufacturers. In addition, a number of public microchip registries have also been linked to the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool to make it easier to find a microchip’s registration.
If you are social media savvy, click here to join the event on facebook. However you do it, take this opportunity to be sure that your pet is safe.