The statistics are sobering:
● A family pet is lost every two seconds.
● One out of three pets is lost at some point in its lifetime.
● Only one lost pet in ten is ever found.
The information, provided by the American Animal Hospital Association, highlights the need for microchipping beloved pets, so that, in the event they are lost or stolen, the chances of their being found go up exponentially.
To give pets every chance at a long and healthy life with their owners, AAHA and the American Veterinary Medical Association set aside August 15 as Check the Chip Day. It’s a reminder to pet parents to make sure all the information on their pet’s chip is up-to-date, especially address and phone number.
Microchipping is a form of identification that includes a pet’s registration number and the phone number of the registry for the particular brand of chip. The microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is painlessly embedded in the pet. A veterinarian or animal shelter that finds a lost pet uses a handheld scanner that reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays the information. The veterinarian or selter can then contact the registry to get the owner’s name and phone number, to reunite the pet and owner, notes AVMA.
AAHA emphasizes the fact that the chips help locate owner contact information and are not tracking devices to locate a pet.
AVMA also reminds pet owners to register their pet immediately with the manufacturer after having a chip implanted. The information is stored in the National Microchip Registration Database. Check the Chip Day serves as a reminder to pet owners to periodically update the registration. Contact your veterinarian for more information.