Check the Chip!

Check the Chip DayAugust 15th is Check the Chip Day!  Microchips greatly increase the chances you will get your dog back if he/she is lost, but they only work if you register them and keep the information up to date.  

Did you know that different microchip manufacturers use different microchip technology and databases?  While there are many databases that allow you to register your dog’s microchip, there is one that really counts.  American Animal Hospital Associate (AAHA) Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool is the one that animal shelters and vets will use.  It is linked to the registries of the majority of microchip manufacturers.  A number of public microchip registries are also linked to the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool.

If you are not sure if your dog’s chip is registered and/or up to date, visit the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool at  To update your dog’s registration, you will need the microchip number.  If you haven’t already created an account with the manufacturer, you will need to do that as well so you can access the registration in the future to update information.

If your dog does not have a microchip, it is quick, painless, and can make all the difference if your dog gets lost.  For more information, contact your veterinarian or check out this video.  In the Charlotte area, the Human Society of Charlotte and CMPD Animal Care & Control hold clinics throughout the year which provide low-cost microchipping.

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