The staff of Arch Animal Hospital is reminding all pet owners in the St. Louis area that August 15 is National Check the Chip Day, when pet owners are encouraged to check and update the contact information registered with their pet’s microchip.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) established Check the Chip Day in an effort to ensure more happy endings for lost or stolen pets. This year, with support from HomeAgain, there’s a video reinforcing the importance of registering pet microchips and keeping that information up to date.
“We love stories of pets and their families being reunited after they have been missing for years and located sometimes thousands of miles away from their home,” said Dr. Richards. “These stories would not have a happy ending, however, if these pets were never microchipped or if the microchip contained inaccurate or out-of-date information.”
“Microchips greatly increase the chances that you’ll get your pets back if they become lost or stolen, … but a microchip only works if its registration information is accurate,” said Dr. Tom Meyer, president of the AVMA.
Veterinarians and animal rescue facilities can:
Our practice uses HomeAgain brand microchips, which are recognized around the world. It's important to verify your contact information and update it if you have moved, changed phone numbers, etc and just to double check your information from time to time. To check your pet's microchip status with Home Again, visit: https://www.homeagain.com/homeagain/microchipLookup.do. Need your pet's microchip number? Give us a call.
To learn more about microchips and Check the Chip Day, call Arch Animal Hospital at (636) 225-VETS or visit the AVMA’s website at www.avma.org/CheckTheChip.