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4 Reasons To Check The Chip
August 15, 2021

It’s Check The Chip Day! If your animal companion has been microchipped, pat yourself on the back! You’ve taken an important step in safeguarding your furry best friend. Microchips are very small, but they greatly improve the odds of Fido and Fluffy being returned to you if they were ever to run off. A Lewisville, TX vet lists some reasons to check the chip below.


Movement

In most cases, microchips are placed between the pet’s shoulder blades, just beneath the skin. Once in a while, they will move out of position. This is an issue because if the chip isn’t where it should be, it could easily get missed if someone scans your pet.


Malfunctions

Another reason to check the chip is just to make sure that it’s still working properly. Microchip technology is quite simple: the devices use radio frequencies to transmit data, which is typically just a unique ID number. Although it’s uncommon, occasionally a chip will stop working.


Information Update

Making sure that the chip is still in place and functioning is very important. However, it’s equally important for you to check your data. When you first get your pet chipped, you’ll need to upload your information in the chipmaker’s database. If your furry bff ever gets lost and is brought to an animal shelter or clinic, that chip will become crucial. Staff members check lost pets for chips at intake. If a chip is found, they’ll use its ID number to find your contact information. This number correlates to your records in the chipmaker’s database. If that information is out of date, incorrect, or missing, the chip won’t do any good! You can try using the AAHA Pet Microchip Lookup Tool here to check your records. It’s also important for you to update this information if you move or change your contact records.


Peace of Mind

Did you know that one in three pets get lost at some point in their lives? That translates into millions of missing pets each year. While we hope that our patients stay safe and sound at home, we always recommend erring on the side of caution. That tiny microchip could one day save your furry buddy’s life!


Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Do you need to schedule microchipping for your pet? Contact us, your Lewisville, TX animal clinic, today.

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