How do I update my pet's ID chip?

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How do I update my pet's ID chip?
Update ownership information. (cute dog pet face head vizsla nose eye adore image by Paul Retherford from

Identifying your pet with a microchip ID lowers the odds of losing the pet. Microchips are permanent ID solutions that contain no power source on their own so they cannot break or wear out. Pet microchips are designed and sold by various manufacturers and can be implanted by a veterinarian, a clinic or local animal control departments. The size of a grain of rice, pet microchips are not removed to make updates. In fact, the chip is never removed or updated.

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Things you need

  • Microchip ID number

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    Locate the registration information provided at the time the microchip was implanted. Activation cards listing the ID number are usually handed to the pet owner at the time the implant takes place. The pet owner is responsible for activating the chip by connecting the ID number with the owner's information.

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    Note the ID number and the information originally provided about the pet's ownership.

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    Call the registration company (the number should be on the activation card) to give them the updated home and phone number information. Keep the microchip ID number handy. This is what the customer service personnel will ask for to locate the files needing an update.

Tips and warnings

  • If registration did not take place when the microchip was implanted and the ID number is known, the chip can be registered with the new information. Find out what type of chip was used and locate the appropriate product call centre to register. The clinic or vet's office conducting the implant will know which manufacturer's chip they used.
  • If the chip ID number is not known, the veterinarian or clinic that implanted the microchip may have noted the ID number in the pet's records.
  • Local animal clinics and shelters have scanners that read microchips. These scanners may reveal an ID number that was lost and never registered.
  • Not all chips are readable with a standard scanner. Some manufacturers create chips that are only readable with their scanners. This means local animal shelters may not have the proper scanner to read a chip if it comes from one of these manufacturers. Always implant pets with a chip that is read by all types of scanners--ask and investigate before implanting a pet.

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