Poll: Have the Majority of Your Clients Gotten Their Pets Chipped?
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats). About 710,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners. Of those, 620,000 are dogs and only 90,000 are cats. In fact, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), one in three family pets will get lost during their lifetime. Obviously, a missing pet has a greatly increased chance of being returned to its owner if it is microchipped (and that information is kept up to date).
With these staggering statistics in mind, we posed this question our Facebook fans: Have the majority of your clients gotten their pets chipped? While the polling sample was small (only 59 respondents), 56% of respondents said yes and 44% said no:
National Check the Chip Day is Aug. 15th. Have the majority of your clients gotten their pets chipped?
To remind pet owners to have their pets microchipped and to keep the registration information up-to-date, AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) joined together to create “Check the Chip Day,” which is Aug. 15.
The AVMA and AAHA hope to encourage the veterinary community to educate clients about the value of microchipping. Microchips greatly increase the chances that pets will be reunited with their families if they are lost or stolen, but a microchip only works if its registration information is accurate.
The AVMA has produced this infographic to make it easier for you to convey the importance of microchipping to your clients:
Download our Why Microchipping Is Important client handout.