August 15th is National Check the Chip Day! Did you know that 1 in 3 pets will become lost at some point during their life? According to a study published by the AVMA, only 2% of lost cats are ever returned to their family, but the rate for microchipped cats is much higher at over 38%! Does your cat have a microchip? If so, have you checked to see if it’s registered with the correct information?
“What are microchips?”
Microchips are small devices injected just under the skin on the scruff of the neck. The procedure itself is no different than a simple vaccination. Once implanted, the microchip is registered with your information and can be scanned by any shelter or veterinarian if they ever find your cat.
In addition to a microchip, it’s a great idea to have a safe collar (such as one with a breakaway clasp) and an ID tag for your kitty, even if they stay indoors.
“Is there anything else I need to do after my pet gets a microchip?”
While getting your pet a microchip is the first step, it’s just as important to make sure that the correct information is registered to it. Did you know that after you buy a microchip, you have to register it in order for it to show your name, address, and phone number? Don’t forget – If you’ve moved or changed your phone number since first registering the chip, then you will need to get in touch with the company that made it to update your information.
“How do I register my pet’s microchip? What if I need to update my information?”
To register your microchip or update your information, you will need your cat’s microchip number. You may have this on the original documentation or your vet may have it on file. If neither of these apply to you, then we welcome you to bring your cat in to us, and we will scan them (free of charge!) to get the number for you. At this point, you can get in touch with the manufacturer, either online or by phone, to ensure that your cat’s microchip is registered and up-to-date with the correct information. There are many databases out there, but make sure that your cat is registered at the AHAA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool since that is the database that veterinarians or shelters will use to look up your pet if they happen to come to them after being lost.
Don’t have a microchip for your cat and want to get one? Just give us a call at (503) 968-6000 or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you!