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My dog was microchipped when I got her. It's been a while so I wanted to make sure she was still registered on the site. But, I'm having a hard time figuring out what to do next. I know her chip number but don't know what brand it is. What site is best to register at? When a shelter or vet scans a dog and gets a number, what do they do next, do they only check one database or more than one?? I'm soo confused! Is Home Again a chip brand because I think that is what she has...

Thanks so much for your help!
 

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Home Again is a brand. You have to register and pay yearly. You will need to have yours transfered from the person you got her from.
 

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yikes the home again annual fee is nuts! but if i dont do that and i register with 24 pet watch, will the shelter/vet be able to figure that out or how does that work.
 

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My dogs chips are AVID and I have them registered with 24petwatch and my vet scans it just fine, shows my info. I think the way it works is the vets scan the ID and it's checked against several databases.

I just checked, Betty's is 24petwatch, but the other 2 girls are AVID. And they all scan fine.
 

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My dogs chips are AVID and I have them registered with 24petwatch and my vet scans it just fine, shows my info. I think the way it works is the vets scan the ID and it's checked against several databases.

I just checked, Betty's is 24petwatch, but the other 2 girls are AVID. And they all scan fine.
from what i understand, that's correct.

"if" the vet/shelter has the correct scanner to read your chip.

hopefully they adopt a standard frequency so only 1 scanner is needed.
if your vet has a home again scanner, it won't be able to decode the avid chip since they are encoded.

the pet microchip industry is screwed, mulitple chips, multiple scanners, some encoded some not. hoping congress passes one unified chip/scanner, sure, it'll make everything that's done already obsolete, but it will actually fix all the current problems. so the only way to be absolutly safe, and KNOW your dog will get back to you, is to have it dual chipped.
 

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You do not have to pay an annual fee with Home Again, although they don't make that very clear on their website (well, they want your $$, don't they?).

Once your dog's info is entered into their database, it remains there for a lifetime, and if someone calls in with that microchip number, Home Again will have maintained your address/phone and will call you.

The annual fee is for "Membership," which includes extra things like
The help of a "Lost Pet Specialist"
Lost Pet Alerts
Medical Insurance for Lost Pets
24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline (including a poison control center)

Call Home Again and ask. I've never paid an annual fee because all I need my microchip to do is reunite me with my dog.

My chips are also all registered with the AKC/CAR program, which I think is $17 or something for the life of the dog.
 

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I was told that you do NOT have to pay annually. You only do that if you want the insurance and what not that they offer as an extra. The chip, once registered remains so. Also our local ACO has a scanner that scans multiple different kind of chips. Hopefully they all do. Getting humane societies and vets to carry scanners is a good thing. Ask your local vets if they have scanners. Some people bring lost dogs to vets to check for chips.
 

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If it helps, my dog is chipped with 24PetWatch which also supplies a dog tag for his collar with the chip info and their web site on it. If anyone wonders what site he may be registered with, it's right there on his collar.
 

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yikes the home again annual fee is nuts! but if i dont do that and i register with 24 pet watch, will the shelter/vet be able to figure that out or how does that work.
So are you saying that your dog's protection is not worth $14.99?. Home again has a system where they email other Home Again people when your pet get's lost. They have fliers available to you so that you can post them where your dog was last seen.

They have a medical insurance program that covers the pet when lost and if the pet is injured during the period of being lost the pet is covered for $3000 in medical expenses with a $50 deductible.

Think of it this way. The previous owner of your dog has already shelled out the money to have the chip done which is more than $14.99. When I adopted Lola form her previous owner she was not micro-chipped. I had to put the money out for that as well as shots that needed to be updated and had her spayed. So I do not know about your dog but my dog is worth spending $14.99 for the renewal fee.
 

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If anyone wonders what site he may be registered with, it's right there on his collar.
But if the dog has a collar and a tag, why not just tag the dog with your phone number?

Molly has been picked up twice without a collar or tags. Both times the local shelter read her Home Again chip and got my name and phone number and called me. It worked, but now she has a tag with my cell # all the time, whether we are expecting her to escape or not. ;)
 

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Thanks so much for all your responses!! I don't know what I was looking at but I saw Home Again as being $69 a year...obviously I was looking at the wrong thing. I'm not at all saying my pet's security isn't worth that much money, I just didn't want to jump on the first thing I came across (since I was confused to begin with), I wanted to know what my options were. I have her registered on 24petwatch and helpfindmypet is only $12. I will do those two for now. She also wears her tag with our home information and phone number on it. And, I am going to look into getting a specific 24petwatch tag. Microchips are a great concept, I just wish the process wasn't so confusing, a universal system would be amazing! Thanks again!
 

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I have HomeAgain chips...Smokey had one and he escaped once, went to a neighbors house, and within 30 minutes they were calling my cell phone and telling me he'd been found. He was maybe 2 blocks away.
It doesn't cost anything outside of having the chip put in. The rest are just extra goodies.

What the family that found him did was they called HomeAgain because of the yellow tag on his collar (which is a rubber one with the chip ID # on it)
 

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But if the dog has a collar and a tag, why not just tag the dog with your phone number?

Molly has been picked up twice without a collar or tags. Both times the local shelter read her Home Again chip and got my name and phone number and called me. It worked, but now she has a tag with my cell # all the time, whether we are expecting her to escape or not. ;)
Because dogs can slip out of their collars sometimes.
 

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Because dogs can slip out of their collars sometimes.

And if that happens, the Home Again tag will be gone.

I understand and support microchipping, but I don't understand the point in putting a tag on the collar that says the dog is chipped.
 

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Okay so if Charlie is already registered with one company (HomeAgain) would there be any benefit to registering with 24hourpetwatch or another company??
 

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if your vet has a home again scanner, it won't be able to decode the avid chip since they are encoded.
This is incorrect. All of my dogs are microchipped, most with AVID, and a few with HomeAgain. My vet has an AVID scanner and it can read HomeAgain chips just fine. My specialist has a HomeAgain scanner, and it can read my AVID chips just fine. And my shelter has a universal scanner, and it can read ALL chips on the standard frequency of 125 kHz just fine, and this includes both HomeAgain and AVID.

Banfield pet hospital a few years ago was the one causing a stir, when they created a 134 kHz chip, which is typically used for wildlife, equine, and livestock animals, and no scanners but the Banfield scanners could read them. They got sued as a result.

To the OP, that $69 I think is just for insurance or other extra's. Once you pay for the chip and to have it registered, it's in the database permanently, without a yearly fee. Same with AVID -- once you pay their $18 registration fee, it's in the database forever.

I also didn't know about that 24PetWatch.com, great idea to register there as well, they register any brand for free.
 
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