Check the Chip Day

July 15th was Check The Chip Day! Microchips aren’t very large, but they can have a huge effect on your beloved pet’s life! If you haven’t had your furry best friend microchipped yet, we strongly recommend getting this done ASAP. A local Columbia, MD vet discusses microchips in this article.

Microchip Basics

Microchips work by using radio frequency signals. They don’t transmit any information. Instead, each chip contains an ID number. This number correlates to your account in the chipmaker’s records. Veterinarians and animal shelters can read these ID numbers with special scanners. Microchips have enabled many happy homecomings! If a chip is found, and the information is correct, it can be very easy to reunite a lost pet with their worried humans.

The Appointment

Microchipping is often scheduled along with spay/neuter surgery, but it doesn’t have to be. This is just the most convenient time to do the procedure. You can also schedule microchipping at your pet’s regular visits. The process is very safe and simple, and only takes a few minutes. Your vet will use a hypodermic need to place the chip under your pet’s skin. The risk of complications or side effects is extremely low. As for recovery, we recommend a yummy treat and perhaps a few extra cuddles.

Checking The Chip

If your beloved pet has been microchipped already, that’s great! You’ve already taken a huge step to keep your furry friend safe. We do recommend double-checking to make sure that your records are correct on the chipmaker’s website. The chip won’t work if your contact information is missing or outdated! Sadly, one study showed that a significant amount of the chipped pets in shelters were connected to missing or outdated records. That’s very sad, as the owners cannot be contacted in those cases. Try using the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool here. This site contains information for most of the larger chip manufacturers.


Microchips don’t need maintenance. However, we recommend having your vet check the chip during your pet’s regular appointments, just to make sure it hasn’t moved or stopped working. It’s also worth noting that having a chip does not negate the need for proper ID tags. These are still very useful, and are often required by law.

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