Microchipping returns thousands of pets to their owners every year. It is encouraged, because if your pet is lost, there is a greater chance your dog or cat will be returned to you. There are stories of dogs making it home after several years of being lost, thanks to a microchip.
5 things you may not have known.
- There is no national Microchip database. If you microchip your pet in California and lose your dog in Ohio, there is a chance that the microchip will not be detected by the chip readers. Some are working to fix this by creating a national database but as of right now, it does not exist.
- Make sure you register your microchip and keep your information up to date. If you move or your phone number changes, make sure to update your information with the company that provided your microchip. Even if your dog has been missing for several years, you never know when someone will find your dog and try to contact you.
- There are no guarantees. Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice. If your dog is super wiggly while being scanned for a microchip, it may not be detected. Excessively matted fur can also make detection difficult. Keep your dog groomed for best result from your microchip and if you are trying to read a microchip, make sure the dog is as still as possible.
- The British Small Animal Associated reports that since the birth of the microchip in 1996, over 4 million animals have returned home. That’s something to celebrate!
- It is recommended to have your pets microchip scanned annually to insure that it is properly functioning. Your vet should be able to do this for you when you get your dog’s yearly check up!
When it comes to microchips, it’s definitely better to have one that not, but there are no guarantees.
August 15th is “Check the Chip” day! So be sure to have your pet’s chip checked.