Reasons To Check The Chip

Today is Check The Chip Day! Microchipping is a quick and simple procedure, but it’s also one of the most important things you can do for your beloved pet. That tiny device could save your furry buddy’s life if they are ever lost! If you haven’t had your animal companion microchipped, we strongly recommend getting this done ASAP. If your pet has already been chipped, this is a good reminder to check it. A local Tampa, FL vet lists some reasons to get this done below.

Microchips Can Move

The microchips used on pets are not the same type that are utilized in electronic devices. These are quite simple, only about the size of a grain of rice. Microchips are usually placed between pets’ shoulder blades. Therefore, that is where veterinarians and shelter staff usually check. However, occasionally a chip will slide out of place, which means it could be missed by someone checking for one.

Sometimes Microchips Malfunction

Pet microchips work using a simple technology, which is known as passive radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. Each chip transmits only a unique ID number. While microchips do not need maintenance, they sometimes do cease working properly. This is one area where it’s definitely better to err on the side of caution.

Information Updates

Having your furry bff microchipped is only the first part of the process. You’ll also need to fill out your records in the chipmaker’s registry … and keep them current.  The chip won’t work if your contact information is missing or out of date! You’ll also need to remember to do this any time you move or change your number or email address. If you aren’t sure whether or not your information is up to date, contact the company that manufactured the chip. You can also try using an online site, such as the AAHA Pet Microchip Lookup Tool here, to check your records.


Do you need to schedule microchipping? Many people have this done at the same time as spay or neuter surgery. This makes sense: the pet is already under anesthesia, so it’s a bit of a two-birds-one-stone thing. However, you can also have this scheduled on its own. You may also want to look into perks. Many chip manufacturers offer help lines and/or advice on finding lost pets. It won’t hurt to learn more!

Do you have questions about your pet’s microchip? Do you need to schedule an appointment? Contact us, your local Tampa, FL pet hospital, today!

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