Check the Chip Day is today. If your pet has not been microchipped, we strongly recommend having this done as soon as possible. If your furry friend already has a chip, then you’ll want to make sure that it is still in place, functioning properly, and that your information is correct in the chipmaker’s database. A Cherry Hill, NJ vet discusses microchips in this article.
How Microchips Work
Microchips do not transmit information, and they don’t contain any records or data, save one thing: a unique ID number, which is associated with your account in the chipmaker’s registry. Veterinarians and shelter staff check lost pets for microchips. If a chip is found, that ID number allows them to access the contact information.
Checking The Chip
Once installed, microchips don’t need any specific maintenance. Checking the chip really just entails making sure that it’s still in place and hasn’t slipped. It’s a good idea to ask your vet to do this during your four-legged friend’s regular appointments.
The other portion of checking the chip is ensuring that your data is correct and up to date. That chip isn’t going to be of any help if your information is missing or outdated. You can start with using an online lookup tool, such as the AAHA Pet Microchip Lookup, which can be found here. Remember to update your records any time you move or change your contact information.
Other Forms Of Pet ID
Microchips don’t negate the need for other types of identification. It’s still important—and in many places, required by law, for your furry pal to have ID tags on. You may also want to look into getting smart tags and/or GPS tags, which will add another safety net.
Can You Track Your Pet With A Microchip?
It’s unlikely that microchips will ever be integrated with GPS technology, at least in the near future, as GPS devices need some form of power. However, you can get certain pet products that will work with your furry best friend’s microchip, such as pet doors and automated feeders, which are a good option for multi-pet households.
Getting Your Pet Chipped
Do you need to have your pet microchipped? This is often done with spay.neuter surgery, but can also be scheduled on its own. The procedure is quick, easy, and painless. Most importantly, it could save your animal companion’s life!
Do you have questions about your pet’s microchip? Contact us, your local Cherry Hill, NJ pet hospital, today.