Talking to Clients: Best Practices

Maximizing the benefits of microchipping for your patients

Microchipping is an important part of the care you provide to pets. Here are 5 best practice tips you can incorporate into your protocols to maximize the benefits and efficacy of microchip implantation.

  1. Bundle microchip registration with implantation – A microchip that is not registered with a national database offers no protection at all. Don't rely on clients or adopters to register their pets at a later dateómany never do. Make registration part of the microchipping procedure. If possible, collect the information needed and process the registration on behalf of the client or adopter to make sure this step is performed.
  2. Scan pets on every visit – Clinics should make microchip scanning part of the annual wellness exam to be certain the chip is still working and that the pets are still with their registered owners. Shelters should scan all strays upon intake to see if they can be traced back to a registered owner; surrendered animals should be scanned to make sure the person dropping the animal off is the registered owner.
  3. Use proper scanning technique – Proper scanning requires a methodical approach to the procedure. Pets should be scanned slowly with multiple passes between the shoulders, along the spine, and even along the sides and belly in case the microchip has migrated. Make sure the scanning area is clear of computers, metal tables, and fluorescent lighting, which can interfere with the scanner. Click here for more on proper scanning procedures.
  4. Use the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup – The most efficient way to match a microchip ID code with the correct registry and track down the owner of a lost pet is by using the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup tool at www.petmicrochiplookup.org. HomeAgain is a proud participant in this important collaboration.
  5. Recommend microchipping to owners & adopters – Microchipping and registration is the most important "vaccination" you can give a new pet.
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