Sunday, October 12, 2008

Microchip Scanners

You all came through for us when we asked for input as we upgraded and remodeled JFF, so we thought we'd see if any of you have a human who works at a shelter or for a vet or is up to date on microchip scanner info and can help us out today. Jan is trying to put together a column to encourage the county and the local shelter to get it's act together on scanning all incoming animals but she's running out of time to finish it and get it in before deadline. She finally understands the part about the ISO and the differing US frequencies and how the manufacturers won't work together to make a universal scanner for the differing frequencies, but she's having to wade through so much old info and news.

Does anyone have any up to date information on scanners? For example, does the Bayer universal really detect all frequencies, as it claims? Is there another universal on the market? Is there a way to get one donated to the local shelter of would the county have to purchase one? Any information your human might have would be helpful. You can leave a comment or email us at jansfunnyfarm AT gmail DOT com.

This is pretty important to Jan, so anything you can add to help would be appreciated. Thanks!

PS - Deadline is before Jan falls asleep at the computer tonight.


  1. Sorry we can't help, this sounds very compicated. It also sounds as if some companies are making a killing while not giving the consumers what they think they are getting.

    We assumed that if your pet was microchipped anyone with a scanner could read it. ~ S,S & C

  2. My mom and I don't know anything about microchip scanners. But what a great idea!

  3. Hi Jan,

    Lynne who is from the charity I was adopted from is pretty clued up on such things but I'm not sure if the info would be any good to you since we are in the UK. Let me know and if it would help we will send her an e-mail with your details and what info you need.

    love and tailwags,

    Ben xxxx

  4. We hope your Mom accomplishes what she sets out to do. Shelters need all the help they can get. Maybe you could help them organize a fundraiser to purchase the latest models of scanners. Good luck!

  5. You know, I always wondered just how often dogs were actually scanned to see if they were microchipped before being rehomed or taken to the pound or worse yet, PTS! This is a very important issue!!!

  6. We are microchipped. Our new vet in Georgua was able to read our microchips! We assumed that every vet, shelter or Animal Control could. Yikes. What is the point of getting microchipped if they can't?

  7. Nothing here, you probably could get the information for from vet doctor I bet.
    Yep, I teleported over and here I am, ha, ha, ha.

  8. I don't know anything about scanners, but I cannot believe your county and local shelter don't scan incoming animals! That's horrible!

  9. Mom told me she pawed woo a note about a source of info -

    Hope it helps!


  10. that's a great idea, we don't know much about scanners though.
    we is sorry we has not visited as much lately ::kicks the mom:: it's all HER fault

  11. I have a chip ins me, but dont know anyone that has scanner or other stuff.....I lots of licks and luck to you !

  12. In regards to your question about working for a vet--she hasn't for nearly 15 years. At that point, microchipping was just getting started and so we don't have a lot of good info.

  13. Sorry, I don't know anything about the scanners for the microchips, but it sounds like a very important message to get out there.

  14. Let me help clear the air regarding scanners. The only truly Universal Scanners that are available in the United States is called Digital Angel. This is a true forward and backward reading scanner. It can read all frequencies including the ISO (International Standard). Unfortunately there have been some companies that have chosen not to program their scanners to read all chips, hoping to push sales back to them for microchip. I do know of a non prepriortory company that donates these scanners, it called Call and speak with one of their representatives and they will be happy to assist you with any questions or possible even a scanner. 866-699-3463

  15. Wow, I didn't know there was that much involved. I know my mom bean always talks about having a chip put in me, but she hasn't yet.

    Good luck!

  16. Scanners not reading all brands of microchip was an issue over three years ago when I got my microchip. I'm disappointed that the issue appears to not be resolved by manufacturers. I'm so glad you are addressing the issue with your local shelter.

  17. Hi, guys and Jan...
    The microchipping process at Mbean's ex-job at the vet's, is pretty straightforward since there's only 1-2 companies that brings the equipment into Singapore. So basically all the scanners work universally (locally) over here, no matter which clinic you go to, even at the shelters (SPCA) and long-term pet boarding farms.
    Hope Jan got the info she needs before her bedtime yesterday, maybe she needs to be walked now?
    Hugs and Purrs,

  18. Sorry, we're totally useless - we've got chips but that's as far as it goes.

    We're proud of Jan fro trying so hard with the shelters - it's a great thing!

  19. I eat chips. That's about all I know.

    Good sounds like a very worthwhile project.

  20. I haz one ob dem chippiez unner my fur but I dunt knowz nutten boutz it. OK?

  21. Thanks fer comin by our party! We had loads of fun wif everyone!!

  22. our shelter has one of those scanners and they use it to check every, and I mean every, cat and dog that come in. it sayz it does read all the chips available out there.

    i'm not sure what our VET uses, but when we found a woofie, the VET down the street scanned her and it came up.

    i think all VETs and all shelters should scan all animals. Our shelter takes in 200-300 animals a week. and we do mean a week, and scans them all

  23. Well.

    Mommeh iz gunna tell yoo fing or too... caz she cans... an will take fureffur ta write like dis she saz.



    Well, working at the clinic (the vets) we microchip animals ALL the time. Both my kitties are micro chipped. I've seen some wonderful things happen with people who microchip their animals! i'm a firm believer in it.

    Any stray that comes in is automatically scanned. No matter what. Our scanner comes from Home Again- and they supposedly have a scanner that will read ANY micro chip.

    The most common ones we see are home again or AVID. Avid is used by most shelters (humane societies) and i know they scan (at least our towns) all the strays that come in. i know people who volunteer there.

    So yes, Home Again does make a "universal" scanner that all the up to date clinics have. So all animals are registered.

    -- and i think i missed the deadline.--

  24. Yikes, my SS is pretty hopeless on such technical things. I hope Jan get it sorted out without too much hassles.

  25. Ha, ha, ha, you guys are funny. That might be a good way to find me huh?

  26. You asked what a SQUEE is. Well, that's Momma's noise that she makes when she's ofurwhelmed by kitty cuteness! hehehe It sounds kinda like a SQUEAL. That's why she calls it a SQUEE!

    Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

  27. I hope you got the information that you needed. It's a shame that the microchip companies won't work together to a standard, so the chips can be easily read.

  28. Fayette Co. Humane Society, Inc.1/23/2009 4:15 PM

    We are a very small Humane Society and would like to have a scanner and be able to "chip" our dogs before they are adopted. Could someone donate one to us? I have heard that AVID and BEST FRIENDS are the best brands, but I know nothing about scanners and am learning slowly. We would also like to do a Microchip Clinic for a fund raiser. Any help is greatly appreciated.


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