Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Make Sure They Can Get Home: Check Your Pet's Microchip

Is your pet's microchip up-to-date? If your pet were lost, would an animal hospital or shelter be able to contact you once your pet was found?

It's important to get your pet microchipped; but it's just as important to make sure that microchip contains the correct information in order for your four-legged friend to get home.
That's why the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) are teaming up to encourage pet owners to update their pet's microchip information on National Check the Chip Day, Aug. 15.
Almost 9.6 million pets are euthanized every year because their owners can't be found, according to the American Humane Association. While tags and collars are important, microchipping is a valuable method because the microchip won't wear out, tear, slip off or become lost.
How does a microchip work?
The microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, is injected by a veterinarian or veterinary technician just beneath your pet's skin in the area between the shoulder blades. This is usually done without anesthesia, and the experience can be compared to getting a vaccination.
Each microchip has a unique registration number that is entered into a database or registry, and is associated with your name and contact information. If your lost dog or cat is found by an animal hospital, shelter or humane society, they will use a microchip scanner to read the number and contact the registry to get your information.
Make sure you can be found, too
While it may be comforting to know the microchip won't get lost or damaged, and that it will probably last the pet's lifetime, the microchip is useless if you're not updating your contact information with the registry. If your pet has been microchipped, keep the documentation paperwork so you can find the contact information for the registry. If you don't have the documentation paperwork, contact the veterinarian or shelter where the chip was implanted.
Keep in mind there are more than a dozen companies that maintain databases of chip ID numbers in the U.S. By using AAHA's Universal Pet Microchip Lookup at, you can locate the registry for your chip by entering the microchip ID number. If you don't have your pet's microchip ID number, have a veterinarian scan it and give it to you.
Only about 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats ever find their way back to their owners. Prevent the heartache and ensure your pet has an up-to-date microchip.

Originally published by Healthy Pet.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

CareCredit and Pet Insurance

Whether it’s a routine checkup or emergency surgery, you shouldn't have to worry about getting the medical care for the pet you love. That’s why we’re pleased to offer CareCredit®. CareCredit lets you say “yes” to the best treatment for your pet immediately, and pay for it over time with low monthly payments that fit your budget.

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We also often get questions about Pet Insurance. Pet insurance can be a great asset when unexpected pet care is needed. Pet insurance provides Peace of mind. If your pet is sick or injured, you won't have to make medical care decisions based on finances. Here, we try to take some of the confusion out of selecting the right plan for your pet As you are aware, the quality of pet care is rising as more advanced treatments become available for pets. These newer advanced treatments can bring an added cost with that quality. The fact is your pet has a 99% chance of facing one or two major health care issues during its lifetime. These incidents can be emotionally and financially draining, which is why pet insurance makes so much sense. The following is a side by side comparison of three of the most popular companies:

TRUPANION, VPI, and ASPCA. For a more exhaustive review of these and many more pet insurance providers please visit Pet Insurance Review

The only pet insurance endorsed by American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Strictly Accident and Illness only Premium remains the same for the life of the pet You pay the veterinarian upfront, insurance reimburses you up to 90% Free 30 days of coverage for puppies and kittens under one year of age after having a physical with a veterinarian and calling to register; you must enroll within 24 hours of the physical to be eligible

Visit online at or call 1-800-569-7913

Has both accident and wellness plans available Lower initial premium but the premium does increase with the pets' age You pay veterinarian upfront, insurance reimburses you up to 90% Visit online at or call 1-866-VET-PETS

Has four levels to choose from: Accidents, Illness, Wellness, and Wellness Plus You pay the veterinarian upfront, insurance reimburses you up to 80%.

Visit online at or call 1-866-861-9092.