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Best Micro Chip for USA recent studies

There are several micro chips out there and also there are different scanners/readers for those micro chips. Did you know that many micro chipped pets go undetected since all the scanners do not read all the chips?

Here is an up to date discussion on the reasons to have universal micro chip scanners. Check your vet's office, call them and ASK if their scanner can read all the different microchips? Not unless it is a UNIVERSAL scanner..

There needs to be a push toward Universal Scanners and standardizing the chips. Visit AKC CAR (American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery) to get other information.
Susan Myrick of the Port. Water Dog list gave me permission to publish her posts after she validated the information received from AKC CAR.
It is a long read but worthwhile, I hope for pet owners and breeders alike..


Hi All...

This is exactly what I was talking about a few weeks ago with my decision to
use the 134.2 ISO chip (which is offered by AKC CAR (called the Indigo chip)
& Home Again - please NOTE that these are newer chips & both Home Again /AKC
also still offer their old chip utilizing a different frequency.) You MUST
ask for the 134.2 ISO chip. Just getting a "home again" chip does not get
you the correct chip!!! It's been a corporate political battle in the
United States AGAINST one system. But AVMA has come out & requested that
vets and breeders embrace the 134.2 ISO chip to help with their efforts to
standardize in the US.

You would be surprised at the responses I received which indicated that many
breeders had NO IDEA of how a chip even works!!! Just because we've always
done something a certain way - does not mean we can't entertain new
thoughts!! Things NEED to get better with the chips! We NEED to move to a
"standard" chip so that puppies like Tucker are easily picked up on ALL
scanners!! We need to push for Universal scanners at vets & shelters. I've
not had this happen to any of my pups/dogs that I'm aware of - but it easily
could!!

Here is some additional information on microchips (not written by me).

Different Types of Microchips
As useful as microchips are there are some problems. First of all there is a
lack of standardization among all the types of microchips. There are a
variety of microchips and there are multiple frequencies used by the
different types. In addition, there is no link between the various sites
where the microchips are registered. With a bit of effort it can eventually
be determined who the microchip is registered to, but it would be easier if
it were centralized.

A nationwide standard for microchip identification does not exist in the
United States. Throughout much of the world, the International Organization
for Standardization (ISO) standard of 134.2 kHz for radio frequency
identification devices (RFID) has been adopted and implemented as the
preferred or sole RFID technology for companion animals. This has been
endorsed also by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA),
American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), American Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Society of Animal Welfare
Administrators and National Standards Institute (ANSI). In the United
States, however, the non-ISO 125 kHz microchip is still predominantly used.

The current situation with microchip types in the United States is that the
majority of microchips are functioning at 125 kHz, however recently, the
134.2 kHz ISO microchip as well as the 128 kHz microchip have been
introduced, leading to three frequencies operating. In addition, the 125 kHz
microchips can be encrypted, meaning that they are read with a different
protocol than 125 kHz unencrypted microchips. With the introduction of
multiple microchips operating at different frequencies as well as different
communication protocols (encrypted vs. unencrypted), several universal
scanners that can read all three frequencies have been introduced. (We have
a Universal Scanner that can detect all three frequencies). The obvious
problem is that with the multiple types of microchips with different
frequencies and communication protocols, non-universal scanners may not be
able to pick up the signals from some microchips. Based upon global dynamics
and the introduction of the 134.2 kHz ISO microchip in the United States,
many believe a move towards national adoption and implementation of the ISO
standard is inevitable.

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All the vets and the shelters in my area have universal scanners. I personally only have an Avid one since that's the chip I've ordered for years. I either chip the dogs myself if I have a good holder ( my husband doesn't qualify in that department as the one time I asked him to hold I almost chipped myself) or I take the chip in with me to the vet on a regular visit.

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The universal scanner is one of the best things to come to the dog world. Most county, city pounds and vets have them. Most of the chip company's have donated them. For those who do not know or don't remember my blind dog Boo Boo was in police impound in a county shelter in the Los Angeles area, he had been scanned twice once by the police department (yes they have more then one access to them) and once by the county. My vet scanned this was 1999, one year later; I took him to a small groomer and she scanned him,her's was a universal....he had a chip and we found his owner. Boo Boo had gone missing from a dog show a couple of years before, his chip was a European made model.
Six months letter I took Boo Boo to Long Beach for the big show to see his old owner breeder.
I have taken my guys to the local pound, shelters and my Vet to make for sure they can scan them. I'm not sure which dog has the Home again chip but one does.

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This is why Tori has two chips; a 125kHz and a 134.2 kHz ISO. Her vet recommended it believing the ISO standard would eventually become the norm. By having both chips he believes she is covered now and will be in the future, also.

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This is why Tori has two chips; a 125kHz and a 134.2 kHz ISO. Her vet recommended it believing the ISO standard would eventually become the norm. By having both chips he believes she is covered now and will be in the future, also.
Yes, it does make a difference.

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