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ID Your Pet Day

Today, July 1st, is ID Your Pet Day! This is one topic we are happy to shed some light on. Proper identification is a crucial aspect of any pet care regime. As many as one in three pets will get lost or stolen during their lifetimes. Taking the time to make sure your pet’s ID is current may one day save your furry friend’s life! Read on as a Cincinnati, OH vet discusses pet identification.

Microchipping

Microchipping is definitely the best way to make sure your pet can be identified. Microchips are small, but they can have a huge effect! These tiny devices have facilitated many happy reunions between missing pets and their worried humans. The microchipping process is very quick, and can be done by itself or scheduled along with other procedures. Your vet will use a hypodermic needle to inject the chip beneath your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. The chip will contain a unique ID number, which can be read with special scanners. That number correlates to your data with the chipmaker’s database.

Records

Once you’ve gotten your pet chipped, you’ll need to fill out your records. Remember to update this information if you move or change your contact information. Unfortunately, many microchipped pets’ ID numbers are tied to accounts with missing or outdated information. Try using the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool here to check your records.

Maintenance

Microchips don’t need to be maintained. However, it is a good idea to have your vet check them at your regular appointments. This is just to make sure that the chip has not moved or malfunctioned.

Tags

ID tags may not be as high-tech as microchips … but that’s actually why they’re so important. Tags are still the easiest way for someone to be able to contact you if they find your pet. Keep the information on the tags current.

Photos

While we hope that all of our patients stay safe and sound at home, we always do advise erring on the side of caution. Make sure you have plenty of clear, recent pictures of your pet, preferably from various angles. If your furry pal is ever lost, this will help you create a great flier, which you can then post locally and on social media.

Do you have questions about microchipping? Contact us, your local Cincinnati, OH vet clinic, today!

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