If you have a pet, there’s a good chance that he or she has a microchip implanted. This small device is inserted under the skin and contains all of your contact information in case your pet gets lost.
If for some reason you need to remove the chip from your pet, it’s important to do so safely and correctly.
Keep reading to learn what options you have if you want to remove dog microchip.
How to Remove Dog Microchip
The safest method for removing a microchip from your pet is to have it done by a professional. A professional (veterinarian) will have the experience and equipment necessary to remove the chip quickly and safely.
Some vets won’t remove microchips because chips are meant to be permanent so the procedure is dangerous and difficult. The surgical procedure involves anesthesia which is unpredictable in animals.
How do I deactivate my pet’s microchip?
Every microchip has a unique number assigned to it. To deactivate the microchip, you will need to contact the microchip company and provide them with your pet’s microchip number. The company will then update its database to reflect that the microchip is no longer active.
You may also be asked to provide proof of ownership, such as a copy of your pet’s registration papers. Once the microchip is deactivated, your pet will no longer be able to be identified if they are lost or stolen.
How do I change microchip details?
To change or update your dog’s microchip details you need to know the microchip number. The next step is to identify which registry you should contact. To do this, search the microchip number on Pet Microchip Lookup.
Get the registry number from the website and call to request them to update the information on the microchip.
Can dogs have two microchips?
Yes, it’s not uncommon for dogs to have multiple microchips. Dogs are often re-chipped when the owner needs an international chip. A second microchip is also needed if the first one has migrated or is not working.
How long does a microchip last in a dog?
A microchip implant is a permanent form of identification for your dog. It lasts the lifetime of your pet and does not need to be replaced. If you move or change your phone number, update your contact information with the microchip company so they can reach you if your pet is lost.
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Removing your dog’s microchip is not the best thing you can do. Instead, you should consider deactivating it to avoid health risks associated with the removal.
For further reading visit: https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/pet-owners/petcare/microchips-reunite-pets-families/microchipping-faq