Microchip Your Pets, Advocates Say

August 19, 2018 - 4:51 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- If you have a dog or cat, veterinarians say this a good time to make sure they are microchipped.

National Check the Chip Day was August 15. Even though the day has come and gone the American Veterinary Medical Association says it's still a good time to implant a microchip in your dog or cat.

It's a way to quickly reunite a person with a pet that runs away.

Dr. David Gonsky of West Loop Veterinary Care in Chicago says it is standard procedure for shelters and veterinary clinics to scan new animals for microchips.

"A person who finds that pet is more likely than not going to bring it to a shelter. The shelter, or veterinary office. Either one of those two, on a lost pet, is going to scan them for a microchip.  It's standard.

He tells the story of a cat that ran away, and eventually lived with a feral cat colony in Goose Island. The cat was taken to a shelter, which scanned the chip. The cat was reunited with its owner, 11 years after running away.