Keeping your microchip information up to date increases the chance that you will be successfully reunited with your dog if he is lost and ends up in a shelter or vet clinic that scans him. Many times, lost dogs are either adopted out or euthanized when the microchip information is not kept current. Shelters and vets are busy and don’t have the time to spend tracking down dead-end microchip information. Don’t let that happen to you!
We have given you the 1-800 number of the microchip company that corresponds to the brand of microchip we have detected in your dog. Call this number if:
- You are unsure if your dog’s information is up to date. Your dog should be registered to YOU with your current phone number and address. Have you moved? Have you dropped your landline and now only have a cell phone number? Update the information! A shelter or rescue may be the secondary contact but you should be the main contact. You want to be the first person they call when your dog is found.
- Your dog goes missing. The microchip company will “red flag” your dog and note that he is missing. They may also put out alerts on your behalf (but there may be an additional fee for this service).
In addition, ask your veterinarian to check your dog’s microchip every year during your annual checkup. Microchips can move, or can occasionally be deactivated when a yearly vaccination needle hits the microchip.
Remember a microchip is only as good as the information connected with it.