Check the Chip

Photo courtesy of Blum Animal Hospital

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) sponsored Check the Chip Day on August 15 to remind pet owners about the importance of having their pets microchipped and the information on their registration current.

According to a study performed by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), of the 7,700 stray animals who entered animal shelters from August 2007 to March 2008, 21.9 percent of dogs and 1.8 percent of cats without microchips were returned to their owners. On the other hand, 52.2 percent of dogs and 38.5 percent of cats who were microchipped were reunited with their owners. Most of the time the reason microchipped pets were not reunited was because their owners had incorrect information or failed to register the chip.

If you do not remember which microchip company your pet’s microchip is from, you can use AAHA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool. Once you enter the microchip number, it will give the name of the company and their phone number. Make sure your pet’s microchip is registered to you and that your contact information is current. We recommend having this flyer readily available so in case your furry family member gets lost you could easily find their microchip number and alert the company.

If you do not remember if your pet has a microchip or have misplaced the number, we can easily scan them here at Blum! For more information on microchips and lost pets, check out these other Blum blogs:

When It’s Good to be Chippy!

Lost Pets – Tips for a Happy and Safe Return

Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.