Check the Chip Day

August 15th is officially Check The Chip Day! If your beloved pet has not yet been microchipped, we strongly urge that you get this done right away. This is one of the best things you can do to protect your pet! Here, a Pleasanton, CA vet discusses microchipping your pet.

How Chips Work

Microchips don’t actually transmit any information. They also don’t contain GPS trackers, in part because that would require a power source. (You can, however, get your pet a collar that is fitted with a GPS.) Each microchip contains only a unique ID number. This correlates to your records in the chip manufacturer’s database. That’s how chips form a permanent but invisible link between pets and their owners. To date, microchips have helped thousands, if not millions, of lost pets get home to their worried humans.

The Procedure

It only takes a few moments to microchip your animal companion. Your vet will inject the chip beneath your pet’s skin, using a hypodermic needle. As you can imagine, this is very much like getting a shot for Fluffy and Fido. Complications are very rare. Your furry friend also won’t need any recovery time, except for maybe a forehead kiss and some ear scritches. Ask your vet for more information.


Once your four-legged buddy has been microchipped, you’ll need to fill out some forms, to make sure the chipmaker has your contact information. This will help ensure that you can be reached if your pet is ever lost and a vet or animal clinic reads the chip. Be sure to update this information if you move or change your contact details. It isn’t uncommon for microchips to be connected to records that are outdated or incomplete. Sadly, this has prevented many pet parents from being contacted when their pets were found.

Checking Your Chip

We recommend having your vet check your pet’s microchip during their regular exams. Chips don’t need any maintenance, but it’s a good idea to make sure the chip hasn’t moved or malfunctioned. Also, if your furry buddy has been microchipped, try using the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup to check your records. This site contains information for most, though not all, of the major chip manufacturers.

To learn more about microchips, or to schedule an appointment for your pet to get chipped, contact us, your Pleasanton, CA pet clinic, today!

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