Spring and summer are often a time for vacations and travel for many of our clients. It’s important to make sure that you are adequately prepared if your pet will be traveling with you. One very important step is to make sure that your pet is microchipped and that your contact information is up-to-date.
Too often, we see pets that have been lost that do not have a permanent form of identification, or the pet is microchipped but the contact information is invalid. These pets have very little chance of being reunited with their families if they are not wearing tags, or if their tags have been lost.
Implantation of a microchip is a very simple procedure, similar to your pet getting a vaccination. This can be done during your regular visit, or when your pet comes in for surgery. Our office will take care of the initial registration for you, although any updates will need to be made by the client.
Once your pet has been microchipped, it is important to always keep your information up to date with the microchip company. Just updating your address with your veterinarian is not enough when it comes to microchips. Your pet’s microchip is registered in your name. When a lost pet is scanned for a microchip, the microchip company is contacted. They will only be able to give the information that they have on file, which is why it is so important for pet owners to update their information when they move.