August 15th is National Check the Chip Day! Did you know 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 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 under the skin on the scruff of the neck. The procedure itself is no different than a simple vaccination. Once implanted, the chip is registered with your information and can be scanned by any shelter or veterinarian if they find your pet.
It’s also a good idea to have a safe collar (such as one with a breakaway clasp) and an ID tag for your cat, even if they stay indoors.
“Is there anything else I need to do after my pet gets a microchip?”
After your pet gets a microchip, you have to register it in order for it to show your name, address, and phone number. And if you’ve moved or changed your phone number since registering the chip, you’ll 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’ll need your cat’s microchip number. You may have this on the original documentation or your vet may have it in their records. If neither of these apply to you, we welcome you to schedule a time to bring your cat to us so we can scan them (free of charge!) and get the number for you. Then, 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 your cat is registered with the AHAA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool since that is the database veterinarians or shelters will use to look up your pet if they 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!