Sunday, August 31, 2014

Is Your Pet’s Microchip Registered?

Having your pet microchipped is the first step to help ensure that your pet can be reunited with you if lost. However, did you know that you have to register your pet’s microchip?

If you are unsure as to whether the microchip is registered:
  • Call your vet. Ask them for your pet’s microchip number and manufacturer. If they do not have it, have your pet scanned for a microchip at your veterinary clinic.
  • Call the manufacturer and provide the microchip number to verify the contact information on file. If they respond that the chip is unregistered, take a moment to complete the registration!. There is a fee, but in the grand scheme of things should your pet become lost, it is a nominal cost.
  • Not sure if your pet's microchip is registered?  Try searching for the number on AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup.  If it is not registered, be sure to contact the manufacturer of your pet's microchip and register your contact information.  It only takes one time for your pet to be lost for you to reap the benefit of the  registration for the microchip.  You won't regret it.
  • Register the microchip for free with the Found Animals Microchip Registry service.  How does this service work?  Found Animals Microchip Registry is a free, non profit service dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their family.  1.  Pet Registered - Pet owners register their pets in the Found Animals Microchip Registry.  2.  Pet Gets Lost - Microchip number is searched in the Found Animals Microchip Registry.  3. Owner Alerted - Found Pet Alert is started. Pet owner receives phone calls, emails, and text messages.  4.  Pet Goes Home - Lost pet and pet owner are reunited.

It is imperative that you always keep the contact information up to date. If you move, call or go online for your manufacturer of the microchip to update the contact information.  August 15th is the annual Check The Chip Day.  Put it on your calendar as a recurring event so you don't forget this reminder to check to make sure your microchip information is up to date for each pet you own.