Keep microchip database details up to date, before it’s too late

Situations like moving house or bringing a new dog into the home are when dogs are most likely to feel most disorientated and stray, with these also being the time when details are most likely to be incorrect. Updating information on the microchip database as soon as a dog or you have a new address is vital to ensure dogs are not lost and owners are not hit by avoidable heartache.

Gudrun Ravetz, President of the British Veterinary Association, said:

“Updating your dog’s details on the microchipping database when you move house or get a new phone number should be on the same list as changing your bank and billing information, however it’s often not considered until it’s too late.

“Microchipping a dog and keeping the database contact details up to date are now a legal requirement for all dog owners in the UK, offering peace of mind for owners as well as valuable benefits for dog health and welfare.”

For any queries about microchipping or updating chip details, speak to your local veterinary practice who will be able to advise you.


Notes to Editors:

  1. BVA is the national representative body for the veterinary profession in the UK. We represent the views of over 16,000 members on animal health and welfare, and veterinary policy issues to government, parliamentarians and key influencers in the UK and EU.
  2. BVA’s Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey is a bi-annual survey of veterinary surgeons and veterinary students drawn from BVA members and carried out by the independent research company, Alpha Research The panel is broadly representative of the BVA membership, which is largely in line with RCVS membership.
  3. The Voice of the Veterinary Profession spring mini-survey was completed by 751 BVA members between 9 - 20 February 2017.

Vets were asked:

  • Name the most common reason for being unable to reunite stray dogs with their owners:
    • No identifier (microchip and/or collar and tag) – 50%
    • Identifier information on microchip database out of date or incorrect – 44%
    • Owner did not respond/unwilling to claim animal – 4%
    • Information (on tag) out of date or incorrect – 2%


  • What percentage of the dogs you see would you estimate are microchipped?
    • No more than half – 4% agree
    • More than half – 96% agree
    • More than three quarters – 70% agree
  1. A breakdown of regional statistics is available - with the South West being the place where most vets saw dogs with out of date contact information (56%). For more details, please contact BVA's press office.
  2. A new microchipping poster reminding owners to update their contact details on the microchipping database will be available from BVA (
  3. For more information, please contact the BVA media office on 020 7908 6340 or 07503 190 247 or via


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