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How Do I Change Ownership On My Dog's Microchip?

If you’ve recently adopted a pet with a previous owner or taken in a rescue animal from a shelter or charity, updating the dog microchip is likely the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, if you’ve just brought your dog home, you might find that he is more likely to run away in those first few days. Dogs that have previously had a home might be spooked in their new home and try to make a dash for freedom. Until they are secure and know that they are in their new home, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Which means you’ll need to know how to change owner on their dog microchip.

How To Change Owner On Your Dog Microchip

The process is similar to the process for dog microchip change of address, but instead of changing the address you will also need to update the ownership and take over the microchip account. Change the owner is sometimes known as transfer of keepership, and not many people know that it is a legal requirement in the UK. Many people assume that the  dog microchipping laws mean that the dog only has to be fitted with a chip, but it is also important for the microchip details to be up to date.

How to find your dog microchip number

The first step is to find out if your dog is microchipped and then find out what his microchip number is. You can either visit a vet to ask them to scan your pet or your can check the animal’s vet records and documents for a microchip number.

Your pet’s microchip number will be between 9 and 15 digits long and may contain just numbers or a combination of letters and numbers.

Once you have the number you will need to locate the database the pet is registered with in order to update the details. If you try to simply register the microchip number to a new database, it won’t work if the database is the same. If you try to register to another database, it could result in duplicate conflicting entries, which will cause problems reuniting you with your pet if it goes missing.

If you would like to change owner on a dog microchip registered to SmartChip you will need to answer some security questions in order to verify you authorised to take ownership of the chip. If you are unable to do this, then you can call the team and we will attempt to locate the microchip owner using the details we have on file.

Since there isn’t a central doc microchip database, updating it once doesn’t mean that the changes will be copied everywhere, so it’s worth checking around to see if your pet’s microchip details are registered anywhere else.