August 15th is Check the Chip Day (for Pets!)

August 15th is Check the Chip Day (for Pets!)

Microchips greatly increase the chances that pets will be reunited with their families if they are lost or stolen…but a microchip only works if its registration information is accurate.

“Check the Chip Day” was created by the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association with support from HomeAgain to encourage pet owners to check their pet’s microchip information annually and keep it up-to-date. By doing this yearly, you increase your pet’s chances of returning home if lost!

Did You Know?

  • 1 in 3 family pets will get lost
  • Only about 6 out of 10 microchips are registered
  • Microchipped dogs are more than twice as likely to be returned to their owners
  • Microchipped cats are more than 20 times as likely to be returner to their owners

Successful Reunions

  • Gidget, a dog from Pittsburgh, PA, was found more than 2500 miles away in Portland, OR
  • George, a cat in California was reunited with his family after 13 years
  • In 2015, HomeAgain reunited 227,274 pets
  • To date, HomeAgain has reunited over 2,000,000 pets with their owners

When a microchipped pet isn’t returned home, it’s usually due to incorrect or missing owner information in the microchip registry. Register and update your pet’s microchip!

AVMA/AAHA Check the Chip Pet Infographic

To learn more about the team at Central Texas Animal Hospital, view our team page or contact us today to schedule an appointment! We offer veterinary services for cats and dogs in the Pflugerville/Austin-Round Rock, TX area.