Check the Chip Day

Did you know that August 15th is Check The Chip Day? This is definitely an occasion we are happy to spread the word about. Getting your pet microchipped is one of the best things you can do to protect your furry buddy’s health and well-being. Read on as a local Indianapolis, IN vet discusses microchips.

Microchip Basics

Microchips are very tiny. In fact, most of them are about the same size as a single grain of rice. Pet microchips don’t actually track your pet’s location, and they don’t contain your actual contact information. Instead, each microchip contains a unique ID number, which vets and animal shelter staff members can read with special scanners. This ID number correlates to your records in the manufacturer’s database, therefore forming a permanent link between you and your furry pal.

The Procedure

Getting a microchip only takes a few minutes. The procedure can be worked into your pet’s regular appointment, or scheduled on its own. For your four-legged friend, the process is pretty much the same as getting a regular shot. Your vet will inject the chip beneath your furry buddy’s skin, generally between the shoulder blades. Pets don’t need to be medicated, and there is no recovery time needed, aside from an extra cuddle or two.

Maintaining Your Records

Getting your pet microchipped is a wonderful way to protect your adorable little (or not so little) pal. Dogs and cats that get lost are much more likely to be reunited with their owners if they are microchipped. In fact, this quick and easy procedure could save your beloved pet’s life! However, getting the chip is actually just the first part of the process. You’ll need to update your records in the chip manufacturer’s database, and make sure your contact information is complete. The chip won’t help if your records are missing or incorrect!

Checking The Chip

We recommend having your vet check the chip at least once a year, to see if it has moved or malfunctioned. You’ll also want to make sure that your records are up to date. If you have your pet’s chip number, try using the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup to see if your information is correct. Remember to update your records whenever you move or change contact information.

Do you need to schedule microchipping? Contact us, your local Indianapolis, IN animal clinic, today!

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