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Check the Chip Day

Did you know that today, August 15, is officially Check the Chip Day? Microchipping your pet is one of the best things that you can do for your furry friend’s health and safety. Read on as a local Sharon, ON vet discusses microchipping.

What Is A Microchip?

A microchip isn’t very large: in fact, it’s only about the size of a grain of rice. Microchips don’t actually transmit information: instead, each chip contains a unique ID number, which can be read with special scanners used by vets and animal shelters. This ID number correlates to your information in the chip manufacturer’s database, forming a permanent link between you and your pet.

Why Microchip?

If your beloved furbaby is ever lost or stolen, that tiny chip could be the only thinking linking you together. Several studies have shown that lost pets with microchips have significantly higher chances of being reunited with their owners than those without chips. That tiny chip could even save your furry buddy’s life!

Getting Your Pet Microchipped

Having your pet microchipped is a quick and simple procedure that will only take a few moments. Using a hypodermic needle, your vet will inject the chip beneath your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. This can be worked into any veterinary appointment. For your pet, the process is quite painless, and is very much like getting a shot. Ask your vet for more information.

Checking The Chip

Although your pet’s chip won’t need maintenance, we do recommend having your vet check it during your pet’s regular appointments, just to be sure that it hasn’t moved or malfunctioned. It’s also important for you to remember to update your records in the manufacturer’s database whenever you move or change contact information. If you have your pet’s chip ID number, try using the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup. This site contains data from most, though not all, of the major chip manufacturers.

The Future

While it’s very possible that the microchips of the future will utilize GPS technology, or even store your pet’s medical records, today’s chips do not have those capabilities. However, there are already pet doors that work with your pet’s chip, allowing your furry pal access while keeping wild animals out.

Does your pet need a microchip? Contact us anytime! As your local Sharon, ON animal hospital, we are always happy to help!

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