Have you checked your pet’s chip?

We’ve talked a few times about getting a microchip implanted in your dog or cat. The primary reason for this is an average of 10 million dogs and cats are lost from their homes and family each year. Of course, them simply being found again by a concerned soul is going to be a big step in their having a chance of being returned. However, what if the people who find your lost pet have no way of identifying them or their owners? Yes, a collar with a tag (with names and contact info) will help too. But some pets are lost because they were able to slip off their collar in the first place.

That’s why a microchip can be a life-saving thing for your dog or cat. It’s a painless procedure, and when a lost pet is brought in to a vet or shelter, they can easily be scanned to find out who they belong to, even if no other method is present.

Many of you have likely taken this step, wanting to ensure that you’re not spending months hopelessly putting up LOST PET signs around your neighborhood. But here’s an important question: How long has it been since you first installed that chip?

Second question: How long has it been since you made sure the information is contains is accurate and up-to-date?

It seems obvious, we know, but maybe you had your phone changed or moved since your pet got chipped. Maybe you even received the dog or cat from a friend who could no longer care for them. Sure, the chip is there, but it wouldn’t guarantee the return of the dog or cat any longer. Updating a chip is an easy and quick procedure as well, and should be something you do at least every couple years, alongside some of your pet’s regular health checkups.

Does your dog or cat have a chip? Are you sure the contact info on it remains correct? Better safe than sorry!

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