Microchips: A call home for a pet without a cellphone - Dr. Marty Becker


Microchips: A call home for a pet without a cellphone

Saturday, Aug 15th, 2015 | By Dr. Marty Becker

We almost lost our QT before he was even ours, as he fought for his life during the shelter distemper outbreak that took the lives of two of his littermates. Once we got him through that, we wanted to do everything we could to protect him — so we had him microchipped.

Today is Check the Chip Day, and along with our friends at Embrace Pet Insurance — whose Wellness Rewards Plan covered QT’s microchip! — I’m urging you to do one of these two things:

  1. If your pet isn’t chipped yet, get it done. Not a week goes by I don’t read about a pet improbably reunited with his or her family thanks to a microchip. Don’t put it off!
  2. If your pet is already chipped, please take the time to make sure the information at the registry is up to date, and ask your vet or local shelter to scan your pet to make sure the chip is still readable.

Teresa and I are so grateful our little guy made it. We can’t imagine our lives without him. And thanks to his microchip, we hope we’ll never have to!

Want to learn more about microchipping? Visit the AVMA’s Check the Chip Day website. And remember, there’s no waiting period on the Wellness plan; you can get your pet chipped and sign up on the same day!