One of the worst feelings to experience as a pet owner is realizing a pet has gone missing. And considering only 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats make it back to their owners, it can often feel impossible to get a pet back.

National Check the Chip Day is coming up on August 15th, and though we advocate for microchipping every day of the year, we’re taking this opportunity to share more information on why microchipping is so important.

Unlike collars and tags, microchips cannot fall off and get lost. They serve as permanent identification for a pet’s entire life. Plus, microchipping a pet is very simple and inexpensive—a veterinary technician simply injects the tiny chip between your pet’s shoulder blades. Because the chip is encased in hypoallergenic, bio-friendly glass, allergic reactions to them are incredibly rare.

Then, if your pet ever becomes lost, authorities only need to scan the chip to locate your information. Most animal shelters and veterinary hospitals have chip scanners now, so microchips make it incredibly easy to get lost pets the help they need.

National Check the Chip Day is August 15th. But you don’t have to wait until then to take care of your pet’s microchip! Schedule an appointment by calling us at (714) 602-4713 .