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Old 09-19-2005, 05:57 PM
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I have both, microchip and a tattoo because the tattoo becomes hard to read over time. The chip currently isn't registered though so the company I was with went out of business, so I'm wondering, is it ok to have two chips? Will the dead one mess with reading the new one? I lost the info for the dead chip so I can't just revive it with Avid like what was supposed to be done.

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Old 09-19-2005, 06:41 PM
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Brutus and Roxie have the homeagain chip. More vets are going to it now, according to my vet and web. Supposedly most shelters are supposed to have scanners that can read both. Even if their's is outdated it will still show a chip in place. And they can get the appropriate one to read it. Maggie I have not had done yet as they want to put her to sleep while doing it,since she is small.
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Old 09-19-2005, 07:15 PM
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microchips are inert chips that only retain one piece of information: a number, which is entered into a database.

currently there are several different standards, but agencies worldwide are working together, trying to come up with one standard that everyone will adhere to.

for anyone who is thinking about chipping, i strongly recommend the AVID chip over anything else, for several reasons:
- AVID has been tested and approved for many different animals, not just dogs and cats. their chips have been used in horses for a long time, and even small animals like birds and fish can be chipped for identification and AVID guarantees the chip.
- even tho some proprietary scanners can not read the AVID chips, they will still indicate that a chip is present, unlike some others who will just ignore chips they can't read.
- for AVID chips, there is no gap in documentation between the time an animal is chipped and the information is passed on to the database for registering. AVID chips are not sold before they have been registered with an initial contact (vet, shelter, rescue, breeder).
- AVID sells to individuals directly, so you don't have to go through a vet. makes it more likely for breeders to chip puppies or kittens before they go to their new homes.
- compared to AVID chips, home again is overpriced. AVID chips are available for as little as $25 per chip and you only have to pay $6 or so to change the details in the database from the original entity the chip was registered to (vet, shelter, rescue, breeder), while home again chips for example are over $60 and enrollment in their database is an additional $17.50.
- last but not least, AVID makes a chip in euro format, which you can get at the same cost as their regular chip type. this chip can be read by scanners in countries outside of the US as well. might come in handy if someone travels with their dog for a reason.
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