Check the Chip Month

Did you know that May is officially Check The Chip Month? It’s also National Barbeque Month and National Salad Month, but we’ll stick to topics that fall within our realm of expertise. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to get your furry pal chipped. Microchips greatly increase the odds of you and your four-legged buddy reuniting if your pet is ever lost or stolen. In fact, getting your pet microchipped could one day save your furry pal’s life! An Arlington Heights, TX vet discusses some key points of microchipping in this article.

Chip Basics

Microchips are very small devices that are implanted underneath pets’ skin. The chips don’t transmit data, nor do they (currently) act like GPS trackers. Instead, each chip has a special ID number, which can be read with scanners used by animal shelters and veterinarians. This ID number correlates to your information in the chipmaker’s database, allowing your pet to be traced back to you if he or she is ever lost or stolen.

The Procedure

Getting your pet microchipped is a very easy process. Generally, the procedure can be added to any veterinary appointment, or scheduled by itself. A hypodermic needle is used to insert the chip, which is usually placed between the shoulder blades. This only takes a few moments, and is very much like getting a shot. Complications are very rare, though not entirely unheard of. Ask your vet for more information.

Keep Your Data Current

Having your pet microchipped is only the first part of the process. You’ll need to provide the chip manufacturer with your contact information. It’s also important to make sure you update these records whenever you move or update your phone number or email address. This data is what links your pet to you, and if it is incorrect, missing, or outdated, the chip will be useless. If your pet is already chipped, try using the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool here. This site contains the records for most of the major manufacturers.

Checking The Chip

We strongly recommend having your vet check your pet’s chip regularly. This will only take a few moments. That way, if the chip has moved or malfunctioned, you’ll be able to address the issue right away.

Do you need to get your pet microchipped? Please contact us here at your Arlington Heights, TX pet clinic anytime.