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  • 1.  AAHA point of view

    Posted 10-31-2018 09:04 AM

    Mike Cavanaugh forwarded your email to me. I think the idea of using microchip numbers could work well. The only issues I can see might be:

    1. They are extremely variable in formatting and there wouldn’t be a standard length as an ID
    2. Confusion does happen on our pet microchip lookup between the letter “O” versus the number “0”, lower case letter “l” (L) versus uppercase letter “I” (i) and the number 1.
    3. I have heard of instances where a shelter couldn’t find a chip originally, and re-chipped the dog, resulting in multiple chips in one dog


    Even with those potential issues, I still think using a microchip number is a great idea.


    Let me know if you have questions.


    Thank you,


    Denise Hoover

    Director of Digital Innovation

    American Animal Hospital Association

    12575 W. Bayaud Ave.

    Lakewood, CO  80228-2021

    Office: 303-986-2800 | Fax: 303-986-1700

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