Pets with registered microchips are much more likely to be returned to their owners if they are lost or stolen than pets without microchips. We want every pet to be reunited with their owners; therefore, we are happy to provide the following information from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA):
To pet owners:
Take advantage of this day to visit your veterinarian’s office to have your pet’s microchip scanned, and ensure that the information associated with it is up to date. You can print out this form to keep in a safe location at home, in case you ever need to reference the chip number: https://www.avma.org/Events/pethealth/Documents/CheckTheChipDayFlyer.pdf.
If your pet does not have a microchip, you can schedule an appointment to have one inserted. Make sure to register it right away, and keep it updated anytime you move or change your contact information. Ensure that your pet’s chip is registered with its manufacturer, which is the most important database. However, AAHA’s universal pet microchip lookup tool is linked to many of the manufacturers. The AAHA link is: http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/
The procedure to insert a microchip into your pet is a quick, easy and virtually painless experience. It is over just as quickly as a routine vaccine. Dogs and cats get their microchips implanted along their back, between their shoulder blades. A veterinary representative should scan your pet for a chip prior to inserting a new one. Over time, the chips can migrate from their initial point of insertion, and it is not uncommon to find them over one of the shoulders, or even near their chest. Even though the chip may migrate, it will always be inside your pet, unlike a collar or tag, it can’t get lost. A simple x-ray can locate a chip if it is not easily identified with the scanner.
Jupiter Pet Emergency and Specialty Center encourages pet owners to microchip ALL of their pets (yes, cats too)! As a 24 hour facility, we are always available to check for a microchip on any lost cat or dog. Call us anytime at 561-741-4041