These days anyone can own a microchip scanner. They have become smaller and cheaper. All scanners operate on a low-frequency radio wave (RFID). It's simply a matter of positioning the scanner close to the animal's fur and pressing a button. The scanner interrogates the chip to capture the microchip number and then displays that number on the LED screen. It's simple. pet-detect® offer several scanner models to suit various applications, including bespoke scanners for zoos and fisheries.
Pocket microchip scanners are very popular with dog and cat breeders, veterinary centres, airports, seaports, rescue organizations, police forces, councils, highway authorities and those who travel abroad with their pets.
The Universal (Detect-a-Chip) scanner is so clever that it can read ALL known microchips for animal identification, regardless of where in the world the chip originates.
Our Standard (PetScan) scanner reads the FDX-A chip which is the very old type of chip plus the FDX-B chip which is the current 15 digit microchip used here in the UK and in Europe.
Our MyPet Scanner is ideal for breeders who have similar looking puppies and want to know 'who's who', or people travelling with their pet and it has a 15 digit microchip. Reads the FDX-B 15 digit microchip only - but that is the most widely used chip in the UK and Europe.
A customer of ours has reported that all three scanners will read chips in sheep. For scanning livestock, we would recommend the PetScan, as this one is the most rugged and also has a wrist band that can also be attached to a belt for multi usage.
All scanners (and all other equipment) have a Warranty of one year against manufacturing faults. If you are having problems with your scanner and it is out of Warranty, we still recommend you contact us. We have a great deal of experience with these scanners and may be able to diagnose and fix the problem. We always aim to save you from replacing a scanner that still has life in it! Before contacting us though, please do check the battery - it must be a 9-volt alkaline battery NOT zinc.
Postage and packing for scanners is £7.95 (UK destinations) plus 20% VAT.