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Check the Chip Day

Did you know that August 15th is Check The Chip Day? It’s also National Relaxation Day, and, while we totally support this occasion too, we’ll just focus on the microchips. Microchipping your pet is one of the best things you can do for your furry friend. Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses microchips.

What Is A Microchip?

A microchip is no larger than a grain of rice. Microchips don’t actually contain your pet’s records: instead, each chip has a unique ID number. This number correlates with your records in the manufacturer’s database. This can link you and your pet, even if your furry buddy isn’t wearing ID.

Why Microchipping Is Important

That tiny chip could very well save your pet’s life one day. Vets and most animal shelters check lost pets for microchips. If your beloved pet is ever lost or stolen, that microchip will greatly increase the odds of your furry pal coming home.

Getting Your Pet Chipped

Getting your pet microchipped is a very quick and simple procedure. Your vet will use a hypodermic needle to inject the chip beneath your furry friend’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. For your pet, it’s very much like getting a shot. Ask your vet for more information.


Microchips don’t need any maintenance. However, we do recommend having your vet check the chip during your pet’s examinations, just to make sure it hasn’t slipped or malfunctioned.

Checking The Chip

Is your pet microchipped? If so, try using the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup tool to check your records. This site contains information from most, though not all, of the major chip manufacturers.


Getting the chip is only part of the process. You’ll need to fill out your records, so that your information is associated with your furry pal’s chip. Be sure to update the records whenever you move or change your contact information.

Looking Forward

It isn’t hard to believe that in the future microchips will do much more than they do now. For instance, we may at some point see chips with GPS tracking. While that may be a ways off, there are currently pet doors available that work with microchips, allowing pets to enter but keeping other animals out.

Does your pet need a microchip? Call us! As your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, we are here to help!

Hiking Safety Tips for Dog Owners

If your dog is the outdoorsy athletic type, it’s a safe bet he’ll love hiking. The smells, sights, and sounds of a wilderness excursion will probably be the highlight of your dog’s week! Make sure your next hike doesn’t turn dangerous, though—follow these safety guidelines from a Fort Collins veterinary professional.

Identify Properly

Before heading out into the forest, make sure your dog is properly identified with up-to-date ID tags, a microchip implanted under the skin, or both. You just never know what could happen, so if your dog gets lost or runs away, proper identification is your best chance of getting him back safely. Ask your vet about getting updated ID tags, and ask if microchipping is a good option for your pet.

Keep Vaccinations Up-to-Date

Consider the various possibilities for infection while you’re out on the hike—stagnant water, rusty nails, and even rabid animals are just a few possible offenders! The best defense against these situations is keeping your dog’s regular vaccinations updated. Call your vet’s office to see what your dog already has and what he might need to stay safe outdoors.

Always Use a Leash

Even if your dog is obedient to a fault and can walk by your side without a leash, it’s always a good idea to use one while outdoors in the event of emergencies. Even obedient dogs might bolt after a squirrel if the mood takes them. Plus, you may run into other hikers who won’t appreciate your dog saying hello.

Bring Water

Don’t let your dog drink from puddles or public bodies of water, since there’s no telling what kind of bacteria could be living there. Bring along a bottle of fresh water just for your dog, and let him have sips from it periodically throughout your hike.

Post-Hike Check

When your hike is over and you’ve returned to the car or gotten back home, be sure to give your dog a thorough once-over. Feel the sides, back, legs, and head area to check for ticks, cuts and scrapes, or debris stuck in the coat. If your dog got especially dirty on the hike, you may want to give him a bath.

Follow these tips to make your next hike an exhilarating and safe event for your pooch, and ask your Fort Collins vet for even more helpful tips!