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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-17-2008, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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Best company for microchips?

I need to get a microchip for my puppy. I know it has to happen at the vet. Will I have a choice of companies to go with? Or will it just have to be the one my vet uses? Are there different costs with different companies?

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We are having our Havanese "chipped" today. If your concern is about the ability to read the chip by an organization our vet informed us that a wand is out that can read all of the six companies that produce the chips and that our area governments, etc. have this wand. We live in Nassau County Long Island.
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I just saw that Jefferspet.com sell the microchip -

http://www.jefferspet.com/ssc/produc...cmkw=microchip

Has anyone used this DIY microchip?

Just wondering --
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The two most common and most widely able to be read are Avid and Home Again. I've used both without any problems and my veterinarians can verify both.

If you really want a true assessment of what is most widely used and able to be read, place some calls to your local shelters and veterinarians (other than your own) and ask which microchips they can read and which ones they would recommend. They deal with found/lost dogs more than anyone else.
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Is there a yearly maintenence fee with either of them, to keep your dog on the registry list? Or is it just a one time fee?
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With Avid and Home Again, it is a one-time registration fee. Of course, if you transfer ownership, you want to update the information, and that does require a small additional fee.
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The last time I checked with home again there was a yearly fee.

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I just took Luna to get 'chipped' today at the vet. It's a Home Again chip. The cost was $45.00. According to the registration paper, the activation fee is $10.00 + $14.99 annual fee. You also received a yellow plastic tag with her number to put on her collar, along with a sticker with her ID # that you can put in a file. I did get a demonstration as to how the wand and the chip work. I was told that there is a universal wand that will read any microchip. They said there are about 6 companies that manufacture the microchips now.
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Really? How is Home Again getting paid for it? Do they bill you, automatically charge your credit card, or what? I have to go look, because if that is the case then what happens if my girl with the Home Again chip gets lost? eeks.
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OK, just got off the phone with Home Again (1-888-466-3242 if anyone has specific questions they want to ask them). They said that there are NO annual fees for basic recovery info. The annual fee is for additional services and you can read about those on their web site.

The customer service was great. They asked for my dog's ID and asked if any of my info had changed. I hadn't even thought of my alternate contact's info - she's recently moved, so her information was completely out of date. The CSR immediately made an online account for me so I can go to http://www.homeagainid.com and change the info for myself or my alternate contacts at anytime - or you can do it by phone.
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