August 15 is 'Check The Chip Day'
You probably already know that having a microchip dramatically increases the chances of being reunited with a lost dog. But a microchip only works when the registration is up to date!
That’s why the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) have declared August 15 “National Check the Chip Day.” Like changing the batteries in your smoke alarm, this day reminds us to check that the contact information associated with our dogs’ microchips is complete and accurate.
Even if you haven’t moved since you – or your veterinarian – registered the chip, it is a good idea to check anyway. Why?
- There could be a mistake in the database – it never hurts to be sure.
- People change their cell phone numbers – are yours up-to-date? What about others in your household that you put on file?
- Do you remember who you listed as backup contacts? If they have moved or changed phone numbers, you want to make sure that information is updated, or that you choose someone else if they have moved a long way away.
Here’s what you need to do:
- If your dog doesn’t have a microchip, make an appointment with your veterinarian to get one! Check out this post for more information.
- If your dog has a microchip and you still have the records for it, visit the manufacturer’s website and verify the information.
- If you don’t have the records and don’t know your dog’s microchip number or the manufacturer, your veterinarian can help you out. They’ll do a quick scan and write it down for you. Once you have it, keep it in a safe place, such as in your phone contacts list, or if you’re more old-school, wherever you keep your list of important phone numbers.
It is such a small thing, but making sure the contact information for your dog’s microchip is accurate is such an easy step in helping your best friend find his way home if he’s ever lost or stolen. Please take a few minutes this August 15 and make sure you Check the Chip!