Features November 2009 Issue

Canine Health News and Current Events November 2009

There are currently seven different pet identification microchip registries in the U.S., making it difficult to track down a found petís owner even when a scan finds a microchip number. Adding to the confusion, the chipís manufacturer may not be the company that registered the chip. For example, I had a dog whose microchip was made by HomeAgain but registered with AKC Companion Animal Recovery (CAR). All the registries that exist in the U.S. will register their competitorís chips as well as their own, but most charge a fee for doing so. Two companies have emerged with Internet-based products that make it easier for rescuers to quickly locate the owner of a dog with an implanted identification microchip: the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) launched its PetMicrochipLookup.org, and Chloe Standard introduced ChecktheChip.com. Each built a website with a searchable database of microchip numbers, and attempts to return information about where a microchip is (or is most likely to be) registered.

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