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Published: Tue, September 4, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



The American Veterinarian Identification Devices and Home Again Systems are designed to locate missing pets. Some facts about microchipping:

Veterinarian uses a needle or injection gun to insert chip into scruff of animal's neck or shoulder area.

Procedure can be performed on any animal.

Chip surrounded & aelig;by a protein cell that keeps device anchored to prevent injury; encased in biocompatible glass that protects animal from copper coil.

Coated to keep chip in place.

X-ray machines and other electronic devices, such as airport security systems, will not interfere with chip.

About the size of a rice grain.

Injection fees between $25 and $40; registration is an additional $15.

Animal is registered with PETtrac, a national registry.

Scanner shows an identification number and brings up toll-free number to call to identify owner. Also produces a backup person's name if owner is on vacation or can't be reached.

If animal is not registered with PETtrac, its veterinarian's number will appear.

Has a lifetime guarantee.

Usually done with animal's first vaccination.

To get started, call (800) 336-AVID.

Sources: Mary Jo Nagy, Angels for Animals, and Anna Hidalgo, AVID




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