7.6 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters every year. Sadly only 8.5% of those pets are returned to their owners. Dr. Coffin and the staff of Guthrie Pet Hospital want to improve this pet microchip statistic by participating in Check the Chip Day.
A pet microchip IS NOT a tracking device and does not store any data. A pet microchip IS a small (about the size of a grain of rice) plastic device that is implanted under your pet’s skin. This chip contains a unique number that helps identify your pet, and if registered properly will help your pet return home safely. You can read What you need to know about microchips for more specific information. [Tweet “A pet microchip IS NOT a tracking device and does not store any data.”]
There are a few things you should know about pet microchips.
- Do not rely on your pet’s microchip as sole identification. Pet microchips can only be detected with the proper scanner. You can have any pet scanned for a microchip at any veterinary office or shelter.
- Microchips and scanners are not all the same. There are two frequencies (125-kHz and 134.2-kHz) of pet microchips that are being produced. A 134.2–kHz scanner can not detect a 123.2–kHz microchip and vice versa. There are universal scanners available that can detect both frequencies of pet microchips.
- There IS NOT a universal database for microchips. Each company that produces microchips has their own registry. There are also some independent databases that will allow you to register any microchip. Dr. Coffin recommends using AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup if you have a microchip number and need to determine what database registry to search.
- A pet microchip must be registered with a database in order for it to reunite you and your pet.
Check the Chip Day
In 2013, the AVMA and AAHA joined together to make August 15th Check the Chip Day. Check the Chip Day is a day that is designed to remind owners to check their pet’s microchip registration information and make sure that it is up-to-date. With proper contact information, you and your pet will be happily reunited.
The staff of Guthrie Pet Hospital can check your pet microchip anytime at no charge. For the rest of August, we have microchips on sale for $25.00. This is a $10.00 savings, so there is no better time to get your pet microchipped. Call Guthrie Pet Hospital today to book an appointment.