This is an e-mail to Home Again from one of my adopters that I just placed an Afghan Hound with. I'm the one who personally had this dog microchipped, but never thought to have my regular vet scan for the microchip after the spay/neuter center inserted it when I had him neutered, which I generally do as it's a big needle, and with my sighthounds with so little body fat, I generally always wait until they have to be put under for something else before microchipping them to minimize the pain and discomfort from the procedure. Anyway, I know many on this board have microchipped their cats and/or other pets - Make it a practice to have your vet scan them whenever you take them in, if I'd done that I would have known the problem before placing the dog and gotten it taken care of, now I have a dog that's placed almost 350 miles away from where I live, with a microchip that won't be picked up by the scanners most shelters and vets use - So basically, it's worthless! I trust the home that has Ice now, I don't anticipate a problem with him getting loose, BUT he is a big afghan who's got a tendancy to bolt, and you never know, tags get lost, broken off, or removed, and if that where to happen I just pray someone would find a way to get Ice back to us! We're going to have him re-microchipped with a US standard chip regardless, but I'll probably end up re-imbursing the foster home not only the fee for the new microchip, but for the $45 x-ray we did to insure there was a chip as well. ALWAYS ask if an ISO chip is going to be used, if the vet says yes, take your animals elsewhere for the microchip! If I'd known, it would have saved us alot of headache right now!