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Q: microchips

October 31, 2008 | By Oldmaidcatwoman | 9 answers | Expired: 1980 days ago

Oldmaidcatwoman

With all the different microchip companies out there now, does anyone know if the chip readers are universal and read all other companies' chips?

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Marleydog
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Nov 13, 2008

There is a "universal" scanner that can identify the different chips. Sometimes, it can only go as far as telling you that there is a chip, the maker of the chip, but not the number. In that case, you need to find someone with that reader to find out the specifics. It is not impossible -- and as long as chip companies are focused on reuniting pets with their family (not on a profit only), the technology will get better all the time!

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Bonzosmom
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Oct 31, 2008

No, not all of the chip readers work with the different microchips. mine supposedly does but i have only used it with my (avid) microchips. the newer chips have more numbers and i know they won't work with the ollder readers.

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Voluptas
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Oct 31, 2008

i've had pets microchipped, and the vet couldn't read the one that was done in another state. i guess the "international" chip brand that was used wasn't readable by his reader. the vet said that can happen often. i guess the more they pay for their reader, the more it's likely to read the different microchips. so to my understanding microchips are kinda like car diagnostic code readers, the higher up you go in price, the more codes it can read.

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