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Just got a new puppy..

Outdoor, hunting dog..

Asked the vet about chipping and they were a little vague on which service.

Any thoughts on the best service to facilitate recovery????
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We have Home Again and Pet Safe. Never had to use them. Keep in mind the chip is just a registration for you and your dog, It does not facilitate recovery. The person or agency that recovers your pet has to be smart enough to check for it.
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Pet Safe on my pup. All seems fine with it but no real use.
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Why aren't pets scanned every time they go to the vet ?
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Originally Posted by Elusive View Post
Why aren't pets scanned every time they go to the vet ?
I dunno. I also don't know why there isn't a standardized, single free national database for all the chips vs all these various ones. Not like the ASPCA or animal control agencies couldn't do this. Probably cost the animal control agencies less to give the service away vs housing and euthanizing pets they can't find owners for.

They're also less reliable than you might think. Microchips can and do fail fairly regularly, or the vet or whomever is scanning doesn't have the right equipment for that particular brand so it doesn't show up.

Further, many places that require a pet be microchipped don't actually require that you are a service subscriber.

The system is a cluster.
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Lucy is with Pet Safe, same as Bailey was and I have her scanned annually during her checkup. I don't know if one service is better than another, but something to help recovery is better than nothing.... Of course Lucy rarely goes out of my sight unless she's at the vet for a Spa... (bath).......
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Lucy is with Pet Safe, same as Bailey was and I have her scanned annually during her checkup.
Never would have thought to have that done so, thanks, will see that they do it.
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Our vet only uses one kind; I can't imagine why they would need to offer one than one option. And they also check it each visit for no additional charge.
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Our local Animal Society uses this registry/service.


https://microchipregistry.foundanimals.org/
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They're also less reliable than you might think. Microchips can and do fail fairly regularly, or the vet or whomever is scanning doesn't have the right equipment for that particular brand so it doesn't show up.
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Interesting that you mention this. The breeder gave me the chip info for my pup, but I had the vet check him when he was about 2 and they said he had no chip. I had them put one in.

Since most vets don't check them with each visit, owners should request checking to see if the chip registers periodically
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Originally Posted by JasperDog View Post
Which Microchip service
My wife and I use different vets for our pets, she had her cat and dog chipped and suggested I have my dog chipped. When I asked my vet about it he asked me which system they used and did I want the same system because he only had brand xyz. It has been a couple years but the readers apparently did not read all the different brand chips so if your dog was picked up and they scanned him but did not use the right scanner it would not show anything. Checking around in the area there was no consensus on which brand was most common so I decided against it.
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www.Petlink.net $19.95 for life. No maint fee.
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It appears there is no consenus on which service or even which chip to implant.

They offered me www.savethislife.com which to me seemed less than optimal.

While I don't expect to lose the dog, a properly scanned chip might help recover her.

I am going to continue my research and thanks for the responses...
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Originally Posted by JasperDog View Post
It appears there is no consenus on which service or even which chip to implant.

They offered me www.savethislife.com which to me seemed less than optimal.

While I don't expect to lose the dog, a properly scanned chip might help recover her.

I am going to continue my research and thanks for the responses...
I would pick one of the larger ones if you're going to do it. I personally don't see a need based on my lifestyle. Never heard of that one though.

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