Category: Pet Identification

6 Check the Chip Day!


Check the Chip day

August 15 is Check the Chip Day, a designation co-created by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) to remind pet parents to microchip, register, and keep their pet’s chip info up to date. Since there is so much confusion surrounding microchips, and microchip registration, we’re going to break it down for you in six easy to follow steps.
1. Scan
Check to see if your pet is already microchipped. You can do this for free at a veterinary office or animal shelter. Make sure the person scanning your pet is using a universal…

2 Microchip Pays Off and Poodle Makes it Home

POSTED BY Jennifer R. IN

Microchip pays off and poodle makes it home

It was a beautiful summer day in Northern California…the air was warm and the sun was shining. Shelley Lucas spent her afternoon cleaning up the house and clearing out her craft room. It was getting a bit stuffy inside, so she decided to open up the screen door to let in the soft summer breeze. Unbeknownst to Shelley, letting in some fresh air also meant letting out her miniature poodle, Finn! And just like that, he was gone.
This one year old mini is an extremely friendly and outgoing dog. “He likes to lick you all the time,” Shelley tells…

Dog Microchip, the Real Superhero!

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Lost then Found in Less than 2 Hours! Why Registered Microchips Matter

As children, we all dream of having super powers – of being the next Superman or Wonder Woman. But as we grow up, we start to picture more realistic goals for ourselves. Animal lover Ann Burkhardt, however, grew up to be a real life hero. Ann leads a busy life in Downey, California, but that doesn’t stop her from rescuing countless animals’ lives every day! Just last week, she brought home a lost dog named Twinkie, and helped this loving pup find her way back home! Ann didn’t return Twinkie all on her own, though – she credits the dog’s…

Lost then Found in Less Than 2 Hours! Why Registered Microchips Matter

POSTED BY Jennifer R. IN

microchip brings dog home

“No matter how careful you are, pets can get out and if they aren’t chipped they can be lost forever.” These are the wise words of pet lover, Deanne McCullough.  Deanne knows all too well the ability of pets to escape from home – she recently lost her beloved Border Collie / Queensland Heeler mix, Jocelyn. Luckily, Jocelyn had a registered microchip, which helped bring her home quickly and safely. In fact, she was only gone for 2 hours! But without her microchip, it could have been a very different story…
Jocelyn means the world to Deanne and her family.…

Microchip Saves Dog, Sadie


microchip saves dog

Written by Jennifer Rheingold
Collar: $4.79.  ID Tag: $11.99.  Pet microchip: Priceless.
While microchipping your pet isn’t actually free (although registration can be!), it is a fairly cheap and easy ‘procedure’ that helps ensure your companion can get home quickly if ever lost. Not only is it safe for your pet, but it also helps ensure a level of identification that a collar or ID tag can’t always provide. Your pet’s microchip won’t fall off, it won’t break, and you won’t even notice it’s there! So besides costing anywhere between $20-50, it really is priceless.
Maggie and Chris Ellicock learned…

3 5 Things Every Pet Owner Should Learn About Microchips in 2015


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By Aimee Gilbreath, Found Animals Executive Director
If you’re still trying to think of a New Year’s resolution, here’s one for you pet owners: Resolve to keep your beloved pet safe this year through microchipping. Why? The stats are astonishing. Microchipped dogs are 2.4 times more likely to make it out of a shelter and back home, and chipped cats are a whopping 21.4 times more likely to make it home!
To help you utilize your pet’s microchip to its fullest potential in 2015, we’ve worked out five “golden rules” of microchips. These tips will help you reconnect with your…

Meandering Through the Microchip Maze | 4 Golden Rules



Originally published in Pulse Magazine | November 2014
Written by: Deva Content and Executive Director, Aimee Gilbreath.

Guiding Your Practice to Microchip Mastery
In spite of the myriad issues plaguing America’s microchip economy today, microchips are still the most reliable form of permanent identification for pets. Mass movement toward the ISO standard and increasing awareness of universal scanners and are chipping away at the number of microchipped pets that slip through the cracks in the system. As animals professionals, we have a duty to not only educate our clients on the microchip registration process, but also to implement…

2 Microchip Monday: What to do When You Lose a Pet


Microchip Monday: What to do When You Lose a Pet

Stage 1: Planning Ahead

  • Please Spay and Neuter Your Pets: You can’t control squirrels or fireworks or thunderstorms, but spaying and neutering your pet reduces their urge to roam and eliminates the chance of an accidental litter.
  • Visible ID at All Times: Collar and ID tags with 2 up-to-date phone numbers (including area codes) is the main way that lost pets get home. It is also a good idea to attach a license and rabies tag in case your dog gets picked up by Animal Control. You can also order collars with your pet’s name and your phone number stitched

12 Microchip Monday: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About External Pet ID


orange and white mixed breed dog

Pet ID tags seem pretty simple, right?  You put one on your pet’s collar, and it’s a great way of getting your lost pet returned safely home as soon as possible.
Well, here’s the catch: you actually have to put the tag on your pet.  Believe it or not, in a study done by the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), a vet clinic handed out free tags to their clients; when the clinic followed up with them 6-8 weeks later, they found that some of them still hadn’t put the tag on their pet (and…

Microchip Monday: Adding Notes to Your Pet’s Microchip Registry Account


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When animals come into an emergency facility with severe injuries, staff members make quick decisions that may quite literally mean life or death for those pets. High treatment costs, risks associated with performing surgery without an owner’s consent, and the desire to minimize an animal’s suffering can cause animal professionals to euthanize pets when their owners cannot be reached immediately. Even when owner contact information is up-to-date in a microchip registry, the delay between an injured pet arriving and that owner actually making contact can spell disaster.
Your pet deserves better! Fortunately, there is a quick step you can take…