Pet ID Week

Pet ID Week

Did you know that National Pet ID week starts today, April 15th? Making sure your four-legged pal is wearing proper ID is very important! If your furry buddy is ever lost or stolen, proper identification can greatly increase the chances of he or she coming home again. Read on as a local Fox Chapel, PA vet discusses pet ID.


Microchipping is one of the best things you can do for your furry best friend. The procedure is quick and painless, and only takes a few moments. Your vet will use a hypodermic needle to inject the chip under your pet’s skin. This procedure can be scheduled on its own, or worked in to any other appointment. Once the chip is in place, you’ll need to fill out your records for the chip manufacturer. This is very important! Chips don’t actually contain your contact information. Each chip has only a unique ID number. This number correlates to your records in the manufacturer’s database. If this information is missing or outdated, the chip will essentially become useless. Ask your vet for more information.


Has your four-legged friend has been microchipped already? If so, that’s great! However, your little buddy will still need to wear regular tags. These are not only required by law in many places, but they are also very important for safety reasons. We also recommend keeping copies of your pet’s records with you at all times. Keep copies in your glove compartment, and/or use your phone to take photos of them. You may want to consider getting a breakaway collar for your animal companion. As the name suggests, these will break off if your pet gets stuck on something.


Chips don’t need maintenance, but you do want to have your vet check the chip during your pet’s regular appointments. This is to make sure that it hasn’t moved or malfunctioned. Remember to update your records whenever you move or change contact information. You may also want to check your records on the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup, which can be found here. This site contains the information from most, though not all, of the major chip manufacturers.

Do you have any questions about microchips, ID tags, or pet care? Please feel free to call us here at River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel, PA area, anytime. We are here to help!

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