Check the Chip Day

Has your pet been microchipped yet? If so, that’s wonderful! Getting your four-legged friend chipped is a one-time process, but is one of the most important things you can do to protect your animal companion. Since today, August 15th, is Check the Chip Day, this is a great time to talk about microchips. In this article, a Moorpark, CA vet discusses getting your pet microchipped.

Chip Basics

Chips don’t actually transmit information, nor do they work as GPS trackers, although you can get your four-legged buddy a GPS collar. Each microchip contains a unique identification number, which can be read with a special scanner. This number will correlate with your records in the chipmaker’s database. That is how microchips can form a permanent bond between pets and their human friends.

Why Chips Are Important

We know, no one likes to think of their beloved pets being lost or stolen. Unfortunately, nearly one in three pets will get lost at some point in their lives. Having a chip greatly increases the odds of your furry friend finding their way home again if he or she ever goes missing.

Getting Your Pet Microchipped

Having your pet microchipped is a very simple procedure, which will only take a few minutes. For Fluffy and Fido, it’s very much like getting a shot. Your vet will use a hypodermic needle to inject the chip beneath your pet’s skin. Complications are rare, and there is no recovery time needed. You can schedule microchipping by itself, or combine it with another appointment. Ask your vet for more information.

Record Maintenance

While getting your furry friend microchipped is definitely very important, it’s only the first part of the process. You’ll also need to fill out your records for the chipmaker’s database. This is very important, as if this information is missing or outdated, the microchip will be virtually useless. Remember to update your records whenever you move or change contact information.

Checking The Chip

Although microchips don’t need maintenance, we do recommend having your vet check your four-legged buddy’s chip regularly, to make sure it hasn’t moved or malfunctioned. This can easily be done during your pet’s regular veterinary appointments.

Do you need to make an appointment to get your pet microchipped? Contact us, your local Moorpark, CA pet hospital, today. We are happy to serve all of your furry pal’s veterinary care needs.

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