Chipping is so important! With Independence Day just around the corner, we should brace ourselves for fireworks, explosions, and lots of visual stimulation. Remember that our pets see and hear all the commotion, just like we do. But to them, this may be far from a fun celebration. In fact, our dogs and cats can become terrified and run away. Statistics show that the 4th of July is one of the highest incident festivities in which pets are reported lost.
Microchips greatly increase the chances that you’ll get your pet back if he/she is lost or stolen, ESPECIALLY during the 4th of July… but a microchip only works if its registration information is accurate.
To remind pet owners to have their pets microchipped and to keep the registration information up-to-date, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) joined together to create “Check the Chip Day.” Although this event falls after the fourth of July, still mark your calendars for August 15th – a national day to commemorate the importance of chipping.
Take advantage of this reminder:
• Make an appointment with your veterinarian for microchipping if your pet isn’t already microchipped (then make sure that your pet’s chip is immediately registered.
• Or take advantage of the quarterly Katy Community ‘Chip Clinic — watch for updates on the Cinco Ranch Area Lost and Found Pet Network Facebook page.
• Check your already-microchipped pet’s registration information in the microchip manufacturer’s database, and make sure it’s up-to-date.
If Your Pet is Lost on the 4th of July
• Replenish your lost pet posters – keep plenty on hand!
• Place lost pet posters at all local events.
• Place lost pet posters at all entrances to your neighborhood.
• Put your lost pet flier on your front door.
• Put a large lost pet poster in your front yard.
• Pass out small fliers to everyone in your neighborhood.
• Notify your chipping service, local veterinarians, and groomers.
• Notify shelters, rescue groups and animal control centers.
• Check Craigslist for reported “found animal” posts
From the AVMA
To update your pet’s registration, you’ll need your pet’s microchip number. If you haven’t already created an account with the manufacturer, you’ll need to do that as well so you can access the registration in the future to update the information. Make sure that all of the information, particularly your phone number(s) and address, are correct.
There are many databases that allow you to register your pet’s microchip, but the one that really counts – the one that animal shelters and veterinarians will search – is the database maintained by the manufacturer of your pet’s microchip: AAHA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool at www.petmicrochiplookup.org. This internet-based application is linked to the registries of the majority of microchip manufacturers and allows a quick database search of any microchip made by these manufacturers. In addition, a number of public microchip linked to the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool at www.petmicrochiplookup.org make it easier to find a microchip’s registration.
Pet lovers can join the AVMA’s Facebook event at www.facebook.com/events/588852667832228/. Be sure and spread the word about our local Katy Community ‘Chip Clinic, as well! Be safe out there and safeguard your dogs and cats this summer!
Paige Holsapple is one of Katy’s well-known animal advocates, often helping owners locate missing pets. She is also a graphic designer and photographer. You can connect with her on Facebook at just about any animal or shelter group. Pictured is her husband Randy with Yorkies Reggi and Piper, who are looking over the applewood smoked bones and treats from Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming.