MicroChip question

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
MicroChip question
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Thu, 04-04-2013 - 7:01pm

I'm planning to get a microchip inserted in my cat, and I'm wondering if there is any reason to get one brand over another. The vet's office uses HomeAgain and charges $50 which includes lifetime inclusion in the database. The county shelter has a drop-in microchip clinic and charges $20. They use AVID and the fee supposedly covers lifetime in the database as well. For the $30 price difference I'm willing to drive to the shelter and wait in line (and hope its not more traumatic for kitty than waiting at the vet). We're not planning to move out of the US so don't need an internationally compatible chip.

Does anybody know if one brand/type of chip is somehow better than the other in terms of being read by vet's or shelter's scanners, or updating info in the database, or any other reason to prefer one? Anything else I should be considering? 

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Fri, 04-05-2013 - 10:03am

I think they are both good.  My vet uses the Avid chips.  I'm not sure about either of them being international though.  You may have to contact the companies and ask them.  I would think that most vet offices have scanners for both of them and shelter too.



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Registered: 07-02-1999
Fri, 04-05-2013 - 4:59pm

Good for your for deciding to chip your cat. I have seen so many come into shelters with no chips and on way to get home. But PLEASE be sure to register it....you would be amazed the number we see come in with a chip that isn't registered.

Anyhow - my female has a 24petwatch.com chip and everyone else has Home Again. I don't honestly think there is much difference....mostly you are paying for "service" after you register. Scanners are getting better at reading every chip, so that isn't a major issue. Not sure about the price difference.....

Good luck at the clinic - make sure to use a carrier with a good closing door.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Fri, 04-12-2013 - 1:56am

I got my kitty microchipped today. The contact information has to be submitted via snail mail, which surprised me---I figured it would be online. The other surprising thing is that the AVID registry charges $6 to update the contact information, and $19.95 to transfer ownership information. Since I don't expect to move or change my cell phone number the fees shouldn't be a issue, but for people who move a lot I can guess that some wouldn't want to pay $6 every time. I don't know if HomeAgain, which has a much higher initial fee, includes changes of information for free.

Anyway I'm glad that she has the chip already because lately she's been looking like she might try to bolt out the door---spring is in the air and she's been sniffing my gardening clothes like she cannot get enough of the outside smells. Crossing my fingers that if she does run out the door that she will freeze on the porch for long enough that I can catch her.