The heartbreak of a lost dog can be devastating to the owner. There are an overwhelming number of dogs that end up in rescue and shelters and eventually with new owners or put down because the original owner could not be found. It is a good idea to do everything we can to provide the proper identification for our dogs in the event that they get lost.

The microchip is an advanced pet identification system

Once the dog is chipped, you fill out a simple form that your veterinarian provides and send it in with a check, usually under $15.00, to register the chip number. The information is then entered in a database. Changes in dog ownership are easily updated in a registry's database.

Of course, all dogs should wear collar identification when not at home. There are a variety of dog tags ranging in price, and various types of tags such as the Pet Scope tags. Some people write their dogs information on a piece of tape inside the dogs collar. There are embroidered collars that you can put the dog's name and telephone number on. (Many people feel you should not include the dog's name since this is a piece of information which will assist you in proving ownership if a thief does not know the dog's name. This is a call you must make for yourself.) However, tags and collars can come off.


Gunbil German shepherd puppy in motion

universal micorchip scanners Microchips are an alternative to tattoos for trials and shows. One issue is that the chips used in Europe and those used by American companies such as Home Again or Avid use different formats. Nathanial Roque has found a vendor of a reader that can handle both chip formats. This ensures that you can read a chip from an imported dog and still read the domestic chips. This scanner can also be rented on a weekly basis.

As many of you know I placed a motion with USA to allow micro chips to be allowed for identification in USA events.

Some clubs and members have been asking about getting a scanner that will read the chips and one of my club members found this unit available and we have one at our club now. It is an excellent unit and well made. It will read all of the European and domestic chips. We have used it at our events and our regional and it worked well on chips from the Netherlands, Belgium and both Home Again and Avid.

This Swiss-engineered reader is in full accordance with ISO Standard 11785. With the ability to read both 125 kHz 10 digit and the 134 kHz 15 digit microchips. It is truly the most universal reader available today. If your pet does not have the proper microchip (also known as "transponder") you run the risk that the immigration authorities in that country will not allow you to enter the country with your pet. Our scanner is universal, and reads all transponders operating at 125, 128 or 134.2 kHz. To avoid any problems you can carry your own scanner which weighs less than 4 ounces and will then allow the immigration officer to read the transponder in your pet.

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It consists of a tiny computer chip housed in a type of glass made to be compatible with living tissue.
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