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Aston Veterinary Hospital : Pet Blog: Check the Chip Day

Is your dog or cat microchipped? In a study of more than 7,700 stray animals at animal shelters, only 22% of dogs and less than 2% of cats that were not microchipped were reunited with their owners. The return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52% and for cats it was about 38.5%. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) have joined together to create a day for reminding pet owners to have their pets microchipped and to keep the registration information up-to-date. “National Check the Chip Day” is this Friday, August 15th.

A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the size of a grain of rice. Instead of running on batteries, the microchip is designed to be activated by a scanner that is passed over the area and then it transmits radiowaves that send the identification number to the scanner screen. Microchips are also designed to work for 25 years.

Implanting the microchip is as simple as a quick injection between the shoulder blades and can be done in a routine appointment. No surgery or anesthesia is required and it is no more painful than a typical injection.

You can take advantage of the day by making an appointment with us to have your pet microchipped. Then be sure to immediately register the chip. There are many databases that allow you to register your pet’s microchip but the one that animal shelters and veterinarians search first is AAHA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool. Or, if your pet is already microchipped, you can check the chip’s registration information by going to the manufacturer’s database and making sure everything is up-to-date. Most of the time if an animal is microchipped and not returned to their owner, it’s because the information is incorrect or there isn’t any information provided.

A microchip does not replace identification tags or rabies tags. Identification tags are the easiest and quickest way to process an animal and contact the owner. If the pet is not wearing a collar or tags, or if either the collar or ID tag is lost, a microchip may be the only way to find a pet’s owner. Rabies tags allow to others to quickly see that your pet is vaccinated against the disease. It is more difficult to trace a lost pet’s owners with rabies tags as it can only be done when veterinary clinics or county offices are open. Microchip databases are online or can be reached through the phone 24/7/365.

You can use this useful flyer from the AVMA to keep a record of your pet’s microchip number and manufacturer.


Aston Veterinary Hospital has been caring for pets in Aston and Media — and greater Delaware County — for more than 60 years. We are a full-service, AAHA-certified, small animal facility providing professional health care for your pet. In 1983 Deborah Brzezinski bought the hospital and with the help and support of her family and dedicated staff, grew the hospital from a solo practice to over five veterinarians and a staff of more than 25 employees. Our mission is “to be there for our clients,” and that means being available to you when you need us. We are closed only four days a year: New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. We are also one of few local hospitals that are open on Sundays. Stop in and see us!

Pet Hospitalization at Aston Vet

Some health problems may require your pet to stay in our hospital as an inpatient. During hospitalization, our veterinarians and technicians can closely monitor your pet’s health and provide appropriate treatments and medications. In our hospital, we can administer intravenous fluids, injectable antibiotics, and pain medication. We also can perform diagnostic testing to assess your pet’s condition.

Cute Patient of the Week: Isabella!

This is Isabella. She is a 2 year-old English Bulldog. The Vrobels, Isabella’s owners, have been clients with Aston Vet since 2003. She recently came and boarded with us and it gave us the perfect opportunity to snap a really cute picture of this little sweetie pie. We are told that Isabella loves to play ball and will toss it and chase after it. She especially enjoys bones and playing with Mrs Vrobel’s grandchildren. She does a special little dance to let you know she has to go out and even gives a high five for a treat! She’s so talented!

Best dressed on Halloween: Rusty

This is Rusty. He is a 5 month old Dachshund. He belongs to the Nazzario Family, who have been clients at Aston Veterinary Hospital since 1994. Rusty is a big love bug, he gives kisses to everyone who stops to see him, and in this costume who could resist?! His costume was so funny and adorable that we couldn’t help but give him the cute patient of the week award! We hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!

Cute Patient of the Week: Mocha!

Mocha is a 3 month old German Shepherd. Mocha’s mom also brings Mocha’s big sister Queso to Aston. Queso is also a German Shepherd and about a year and a half old. When asked what some of Mocha’s favorite things to do are, her mom said that she loves waking the whole house up at 5:00AM! Including Queso! Mocha runs and jumps on top of Queso and Mocha has no clue that she is 30lbs lighter! While she was here it was nearly impossible to take her picture. She kept moving around and licking the camera! Luckily Kathy McDonald came out and picked her up for the picture. She was so sweet and kept kissing everyone.

Cute Patients of the Week: Knuckles and Mossberg!

These two cute pups are Knuckles and Mossberg. Their owners have been clients here at AVH since 1999. Although these two boys look enormous they are only 3 1/2 months old! They are English mastiffs and brothers! They recently came in to see Dr. Murphy for their routine puppy visit. When asked what some of their favorite things to do at home are their mom said, they love running and romping through their garden. They play hide and seek with each other and even eat the tomatoes and watermelons! They wrestle and love to sit in the kitchen when their dad cooks! They love car rides and stealing slippers together. They truly are brothers and best friends. They also live with their “brother from another mother” Dumbo the Rat. We can’t wait to watch these boys grow to be taller then our front desk!