Updating avid microchip
Microchips in the United States operate on one of three frequencies: 125 k Hz, 128 k Hz, and 134.2 k Hz. frequency and is still distributed by AVID, Home Again, and 24Pet Watch. A universal scanner must pick up all three frequencies. Some shelters and vets assume that if their scanner picks up three different brands of microchips, it is universal.
Pet GPS collar tags are available, but of course, they’re worn on the outside. suppliers now provide ISO standard 134.2 k Hz microchips, including Found Animals, Datamars, Res Q, Home Again, AKC, 24Pet Watch, Bayer, and 911 Pet Chip.Without registration, the microchip is useless, just as your social security number would be meaningless unless it correlated back to your name in a database.An unregistered microchip is extremely difficult to trace back to the owner, and a busy shelter may not have the time or resources to track down that information.Do not include the microchip type code or manufacturer’s name or abbreviation.The results are returned with the most recent entry displaying first.The 134.2 k Hz is the ISO International Standard chip, which is the frequency that Europe, Canada, Japan, and most parts of the world are already using and that the U. So unless the scanner picks up all three frequencies (the 125, 128, and 134.2), it is NOT universal.
And unfortunately, many organizations are unknowingly still using non-universal scanners, which means they are missing chips and, therefore, unable to reunite lost pets with their families.
It could even still be unregistered after all this time if the shelter never registered it on your behalf.
To check if your pet’s microchip is registered, you can use AAHA’s pet microchip lookup tool.
Therefore, start by calling the company listed first in the "enrolled with" box.
If you are unable to get the correct information from the top record, work your way down the list.
However, the quickest way for your lost pet to get home is with a collar and tag with your phone number on it.