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Check the Chip!

Microchips greatly increase the chances that you’ll get your pet back if he/she is lost or stolen…but a microchip only works if its registration information is accurate. With recent natural disasters across the country, we have learned a lot and it is more important than ever to keep your contact  information up to day!


Microchip registration is the critical link between your pet’s microchip number and YOU!  Without this information, you pet is much less likely to be reunited with you if he/she becomes lost.


· ALWAYS register your pet’s microchip so that you can be contacted when your pet is found and scanned!  Don’t assume that this was done when your microchip was placed—many times the responsibility for microchip registration is left to the pet owner. 


· Call or go on-line TODAY to ensure that your pet’s microchip has been registered in the manufacturer’s database.  Although some people list their veterinarian as an alternate contact, YOU should be the primary contact in case your veterinarian does not have your current contact information.


· List your cell number as your primary contact number as it is the easiest and quickest way to get in touch with most people.


· List a family member or friend who lives outside of your geographical region as an alternate contact in case your pet is  lost during a disaster affecting your region (e.g., Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, etc).


· Include your e-mail address in your contact information


· Ask your veterinarian to scan your pet’s microchip and record the microchip ID in their database.


· Put the microchip ID tag on your pet’s collar.  This information can help a good Samaritan return your pet to you without having to go to a veterinary clinic or shelter to have your pet scanned. It will immediately let someone know your pet has a microchip.


· Update your contact info in the microchip registration database immediately after a move, change in phone number, or change in e-mail address.  Call or go on-line to check your contact info with your pet’s microchip manufacturer’s registration database at least annually.  Pick a date you’ll remember to do this each year, like your pet’s birthday or the day we switch to Daylight Savings Time.


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