How to Change the Information on a Canine Microchip

by Kristina de la Cal, Demand Media
    Accurate canine microchip information can improve a lost dog's chances of finding his way home drastically.

    Accurate canine microchip information can improve a lost dog's chances of finding his way home drastically.

    A canine microchip is implanted underneath a dog’s skin and contains a unique number that can help identify its owner if the dog ever becomes lost. Since microchips are effective only when registration details are accurate and current, regularly updating the information on your dog’s microchip is critical.

    Items you will need

    • A telephone

    Change the Information on a Canine Microchip

    Step 1

    Identify the manufacturer of your dog’s microchip. Not all canine microchips are created equally. Check your records to determine which manufacturer made the particular microchip implanted in your dog. If you do not have records for the manufacturer, call the pet shop, veterinary office, or shelter where your dog’s microchip was implanted, and ask them which microchip manufacturer they use.

    Step 2

    Call the manufacturer of your dog’s microchip and provide them with the current information to which you would like to have the chip linked.

    Step 3

    Keep record of any confirmation number given to you when updating your dog’s microchip. Maintaining a log of changes made to canine microchip information can help ensure that it is kept accurate and current.

    Tips

    • Canine microchip registration typically requires a small fee and though most manufacturers allow free information updates, some may charge another small fee for information changes.
    • Since each microchip manufacturer has a separate database, registering your canine microchip with a universal database as well can help improve your chances of being reunited with your dog if he ever gets lost.

    About the Author

    Kristina de la Cal is a full-time teacher who has been freelance writing since 1991. She published her first book, “Breaking up without Breaking Down," in 2007 and specializes in a variety of topics including, but not limited to, relationships and issues in education. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida International University.

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