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Dog chip

We got DaniGirl when she was 8--she is 10 now. We were told she had a chip located on the back of her neck. But I just began wondering about the information on that chip. Does is contain an address, etc? Can it be updated without replaceing it? This probably seems silly but I never thought about it until now since we're planning a trip to the Grand Canyon in fall.
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I can share my knowledge of the microchip.

Both my boys are microchipped. The chip is very tiny (like a grain of rice) and has numbers etc. exclusive to that chip. When the chip was inserted that number on the chip was registered to the owner (information supplied by owner at the time). That information is sent in and a fee is charged. A person can change the the documented owner...but I believe the original owner would need to sign it over or relinguish ownership and name you as the new owner. I am sure there would be an additional charge to re-register you as the current/new owner.

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Hi, Nanacy:

How did you adopt DaniGirl - from a breeder or a rescue?

Have you asked your Vet to scan DaniGirl? You can also go to an animal shelter. They all have scanners, at least in our area.

I believe the scanner identifies the microchip company or gives its phone number so the Vet or shelter can call to find out who owns the pet.

When I adopted Buffy from the Berkeley Animal Shelter, they inserted a microchip as part of the adoption package. I had the option of registering with the microchip company for an annual fee or just leaving the Berkeley shelter as the contact at no charge. The shelter, of course, would then contact me as they have my information.



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That's all very interesting. We got Dani from the breeder and I think she was the one who got Dani set up with a microchip. We keep in touch via email so she would know if someone called concerning the information on the chip. I've been sick with a summer sinus infection so I guess I've had more time on my hands to think!

These little dogs are so worth all the effort we put into them, aren't they!? My husband said just yesterday that these are the best dogs we've ever had. They have such personalities and are not only loving, but funny, too. We are retired (my husband is, but I think I'll be a homemaker the rest of my life!) and these dogs fit right into our quieter life. What wonderful little blessings they are.

Thanks again for the information.
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If your breeder had her micro chipped chances are she is registered to her (your breeder). I would contact her and ask her....and I do know it is possible to change the registered owner on a microchip.

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Glad you're happy with your dogs. Great to hear once in awhile.

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1st hand experience

Hey Nancy,
I can tell you exactly what the microchip does... first and experience. all my dogs (only had dogs for 7 yrs), are microchipped, sorta of a no brainer IMO.

a couple of yrs back my fence was leaning and had sort of a 'v' shaped opening small opening. back then I had a very curious BIG dog (cosmo, 130 lbs) and his breed nature was to ever expand his territory.

anyway I caught him sneaking a peek, and once sneaking thru... scolded him, but the tempation was too great, and one day when I was I work, I got a call at 11:30am from animal control. they had scanned his microchip. he was sitting on a neighbor's back porch (in my neighborhood backyards are back to back)... none of my dogs where their collars while at home, don't want them getting hung up on anything, so it was definitely the microchip that revealed his true home.

when you first mircochip a dog, you have to send in your ER contact info (your name, pet's name, home address, phone number), or they enter right there into the computer database. If your breeder got the pup MC'd then I'm sure she'll know the company. you just call and change the info over the phone. it's important to do that, lots of ppl get their pets MC'd but never registered the chip, so when they scan it, there's no info to be found, and the dog stay in doggie jail.
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You will need to "register" the chip in your name if you think there is any chance she might be lost, otherwise, if she was registered in a former owner's name they will contact them if found. It is possible she was just chipped and never registered. I chip all my puppies and leave it up to new owners to register their dogs.

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