Losing a pet is one of the worst things that can happen to pet owners. A family pet is lost every two seconds, one out of three pets are lost during their lifetimes, only one in ten are found, and more than ten million pets are lost each year. These are worrying statistics and that is why the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) created National Check the Chip Day! Celebrated annually on August 15, National Check the Chip Day encourages clients to have their pets microchipped, as this improves the odds that a pet who goes missing while in their care will be found!

These microchips hold important information about your pet such as contact information. This allows a veterinarian to scan the chip and find the owner if a pet happens to become lost! Updating this information is just as important as the chip itself as outdated information will make it very difficult for pets and owners to be reunited.

Many people are unsure of microchips because they believe these microchips are GPS-tracking devices. However, this is a HUGE misconception as these microchips just hold the valuable information to keep your pet safe if they get lost.

So, this August 15, we encourage you to Check the Chip! A microchip in your pet can help reunite you and your beloved friend if they ever become lost!

If you need a backup plan to the microchip, try out Pet Notify’s Intellitag! The Intellitag is a technologically advanced pet tag identification. This device isn’t a tracker, rather, it is a tool that instantly calls, texts, and emails you when your lost pet is found and reaches out to emergency contacts when you don’t respond! The Intellitag stores important information like contact information and pet rescuer instructions to make the process of getting your lost pet back easier!