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!
If you’d like your pet’s microchip number checked at their appointment, please let us know! We can send home instructions to look up and check your contact information is up to date. If you already know your pet’s microchip number, you can visit this link to find their microchip company.