Every August 15, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reminds pet owners around the world to check that their pet’s microchip contact information is current. By updating this information yearly, you increase your pet’s chances of returning home if lost!

A microchip is a small device encased in glass, just a bit larger than a grain of rice. They are implanted under a pet’s skin with a hypodermic needle. Although a microchip is a great identification tool, they can only be read by a facility with a special scanning tool, such as veterinarians, animal shelters and rescues. Always keep a collar and identification tags on your pet. This is their first line of defense in the event that they get lost. Simply having your pet implanted with a microchip isn’t enough, you must keep their microchip contact information up to date!

During August, RRVH will be checking our patient’s microchip numbers and sending home instructions to look up and check this information. If you already know your pet’s microchip number, you can visit this link to find their microchip company.

https://www.petmicrochiplookup.org

If you don’t know your pet’s microchip number and are interested in finding out, give us a call at 504-838-0288. We can quickly scan their chip for you! Once you know your pet’s microchip company, updating the contact information is easy. Either visit their website to register and manage your pet’s chip online, or call them directly. Confirm that all of their information – especially your phone numbers and address, is correct. Some manufacturers may require a fee for updating or changing your pet’s information.

Updating this information is the key to your pet’s safe return! 1 in 3 pets will get lost at some point in their lives. Microchipped dogs are more than twice as likely to be returned to their owners, and microchipped cats are 20 times more likely! However, only 60% of pets microchip contact information is up to date.

If your pet isn’t microchipped yet, ask us for more information during their next office visit. It only takes a few minutes to implant this valuable identification tool. RRVH uses PetLink brand microchips, which can be registered here: https://www.petlink.net/.

For more information or to set up an appointment to get your pet microchipped, call us at 504-828-0288 or visit RiverRoadVets.com. Questions about microchips? Read the AVMA’s frequently asked questions here: https://www.avma.org/microchipping-animals-faq

Sources:
https://www.avma.org/events/national-check-chip-day
https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/microchipping-animals
https://www.riverroadvethospital.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/MCM-CheckTheChip-Infographic-2020.pdf
https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/high-tech-identifying-lost-pets-microchips