May is Chip Your Pet Month

May is Chip Your Pet Month, which is officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and was made to educate responsible pet parents on the importance of microchipping your furry kid.

What is a Pet Microchip? A pet microchip is a tiny device, about the size of a grain of rice, that is implanted into an animal’s neck, just below the skin surface. The purpose of a microchip is to give your pet a unique identifier in the event they get lost. Microchips have helped bring pets back to their owners for years. When an animal has a microchip, it increases the chance of the owner being identified.

Should your pet become lost, be sure to notify your microchip provider. Some send alerts to animal shelters, veterinary clinics, and other members of their network near where you lost your pet. They send alerts out immediately when you call them to report your lost pet.

During your yearly Veterinary visit ask for the chip to be scanned to confirm location and contact the microchip provider to confirm they have your current contact information.