I encourage having cats and dogs microchipped to every pet owner I meet.
Having your pets, even indoor-only cats, microchipped is an incredibly important step in keeping your furry friend safe.
Microchips increase the likelihood that you’ll be reunited with your pet should they ever run away, get lost, or even get stolen. Even the most responsible and diligent pet owner can wind up with a lost pet. And, even the best-trained dog can get spooked and run. It’s best to be as prepared as possible, right?
Microchips are tiny, like the size of a grain of rice. These little transponders are implanted just under your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades.
Now, here comes the important part. The microchip comes pre-programmed with a registration number, and the phone number of the registry for that particular brand of chip. That means that it does not already contain the important information to help your pet return home — at least, not yet.
Once your pet receives a microchip, you absolutely have to do the next step: you have to register it!
I promise that it’s not that complicated. But you absolutely should know how to add or update your contact information associated with your pet’s microchip in the registry. Otherwise, a microchip is useless, because it’s not connected to any information, or has out-of-date info.
Finding Your Pet’s Microchip Number
First, you need your pet’s microchip number. If your pet came from a shelter pre-microchipped, or if you just had your pet microchipped recently, you likely have this information handy on paperwork.
If you don’t have your pet’s microchip number, try calling your vet. They may have it on record. If they don’t, your vet’s office, an animal shelter, or even animal control can scan your pet’s microchip and give you the number.
Finding the Microchip Registry
If you no longer have the information on which registry to use, look up your pet’s microchip number on the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup site. The site can tell you if and with which registry the chip is registered.
Update Your Contact Info
Now that you have the microchip number and the correct registry, it’s time to update! Call them or go to their website to update your contact information.
You should periodically check your information with the registry to ensure it’s up-to-date.