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Do any of you use the resQ ships or scanners from Bayer?
We recently discovered that the chips are not picked up when you use the Avid or Homeagain scanners.
The resQ scanner is a universal scanner, but it eats 9v battery's like crazy.
You put a new battery in it and get 3 or 4 scans then will not read anymore.
The other 2 shelters here have the same problem with the scanner.
We are calling the company tomorrow to talk to the about the scanner.
Seems like they would have made sure their chips could be read by all scanners...
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You'd think, right? But no, if their scanners read all chips, but their chips aren't read by other people's scanners, then their scanners are more useful. Or at least it seems that's what they think... The battery thing sucks. That gets expensive!
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Never heard of it. But if their chips cannot be read by the scanners we already have, I think I would avoid them like the plague.
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We have every scanner available. The most reliable is the small red rectangle avid scanner. It will read Avid chips and at least detect other chips even if it can't read them, even the isochip.

We then take out the one Bayer crystal scanner which is supposed to read everything, but eats batteries and takes its time reading if picking it up at all.

Locally we have had many meetings with microchip companies about focusing on reliable scanners and the reuniting of pets instead of chasing dollars with all the stuff they tag onto the microchip ie; insurance, etc. etc.

No luck yet, but make sure you have more than one scanner. We scan upon intake, at the time of surgery and upon adoption or euthanasia. And yes we have found them right before euthanasia even though we already checked and double checked.
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Looks Like I made a mistake about the Avid at least detecting all the chips.

It still is the most reliable in our system so far

More for your reading about this topic

http://www.dolittler.com/2009/01/12/...scan-off-.html
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Never heard of it. But if their chips cannot be read by the scanners we already have, I think I would avoid them like the plague.
We don't use the ResQ chips for our adopted animals we use 24 pet watch.
But we do have 2 vets at this time that are using the ResQ chips from Bayer even though they know that the Homeagain and Avid scanners won't read them.
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The only problem I have had was one dog with 2 chips in it. It had a Banfield and a Crystal Tag. The Avid scanner read the Banfield only, and my Crystal tag scanner read the Crystal tag. The Banfield was never registered, so it was just a fluke that I checked it with the other scanner also.
I have since found out that Banfield inserts both chips to make sure one will be read. However, sticking two chips in, but only registering one seems a little dumb to me.
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