August 15 is National Check Your Chip Day  for pet owners around the country.

Dr. Larry Mangum

Veterinarian

Appalachian Animal Hospital

Microchips are a great tool to increase the possibility of reuniting families with missing pets. But it is important to remember that a chip only works if its registration information is accurate.

Check the Chip day is to remind pet owners to have their pets microchipped and to keep the registration information up-to-date.

Some quick facts about microchips and pets”

• 1 in 3 family pets will get lost

• Only 6 out of 10 microchips are properly registered.

• Microchipped dogs are more than twice as likely to be returned home

•Microchipped cats are more than 20 times as likely to be returned to their home

To honor National Check Your Chip Day, pet owners should:

•Make an appointment with your veterinarian for microchipping if your pet isn’t already microchipped (then make sure that your pet’s chip is immediately registered).

• Check your already-microchipped pet’s registration information in the microchip manufacturer’s database, and make sure it’s up-to-date.

Pet owners seeking to update their pet’s registration will need the pet’s microchip number. If you haven’t already created an account with the manufacturer, you’ll need to do that as well so you can access the registration in the future to update the information. Make sure that all of the information, particularly the phone number and address, is correct.

There are many databases that allow you to register your pet’s microchip, but the one that really counts – the one that animal shelters and veterinarians will search – is the database maintained by the manufacturer of your pet’s microchip.