The topic of updating your pet’s microchip details comes up frequently on the SmartChip blog. Not only is this the best way to ensure your pet is returned to you if it goes missing, but it’s also important to be able to prove your ownership if your pet is stolen.
Earlier this year, pet charities warned that hundreds of dogs were unable to be reunited with their owners because of out-of-date microchip details. While it might fall to the bottom of your list of things to do when moving house, updating your dog’s microchip when you change address is essential.
Moving house can be a turbulent time for your dog, and they are far more likely to run away in search of their old home. If you’re just moving around the corner, you might find your dog in your old garden wondering why you aren’t there, but if you’re moving further away your dog might be in much more danger unless you update his dog microchip details with your change of address.
How To Update Your Dog Microchip During Change Of Address
The first step is to find your dog’s microchip number. Your microchip number can be between 9 and 15 digits long, and it can contain a combination of letters and numbers. For example:
15-digit – 981000000000000
10-digit – 111111111A
9/13 digits – AVID 123000000
Your microchip number might also reference ISO, FDXA, FDXB, or FECAVA. All SmartChip microchips will have a 15-digit number.
If you don’t know your dog’s microchip number, you might be able to find it in the following places:
- In your pet’s passport
- In your pet insurance documents
- In your pet’s vet records
- By calling your vet
- By calling the breeder you purchased your pet from
Once you have the number, you can then look into updating your dog microchip change of address by searching for a microchip number online. Even if you aren’t registered with SmartChip, we might be able to point you in the right direction for finding your microchip database.
Parting Advice: It is possible to register your pet’s microchip number with multiple microchip databases, and if this is the case, you will have to make sure you update your change of address across all databases. Keep a note of which databases you are registered with to ensure you can keep everything up-to-date.