Test Before Scanning an Animal
It is important to test the unit before scanning an animal. Use the test chip provided with each scanner to verify that the scanner is functioning properly. While holding the button down, pass the microchip under the scanning area located at the upper underneath area of the reader. Verify an accurate scan was achieved before continuing.
Locating an Implanted Microchip
To locate an implanted microchip, place the scanner _ush with the underside touching the animal over the injection site. While holding the button down, move the scanner slowly, in a circular motion, following the patterns below.
When a microchip is located you will hear a beep, followed by the code being displayed on the LCD window.
(NOTE: Injection site may vary with species of animal, brand of microchip and country where the animal was microchipped. See Implant Sites for locations.)
If the scanner shows a numeric or alpha code display (numbers and/or letters) on the LCD window during the WORKING phase of the scanning procedure, it is an indication of the presence of a microchip.
- Microchip placement may vary per animal.
- Scan slowly with a small circular motion.
- Scan both patterns as indicated.
- Keep scanner touching animal.
- Hold down button during entire scan.
Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Southern Africa, United Kingdom, United States –
European Continent –
Subcutaneous, upper half of the left side of the neck, halfway from the ear to the tip of the shoulder.
Computer terminals and video screens in operation, metal collars, leads, chains or tags within three metres (or approximately 10 feet) of the microchip can reduce the read range of the scanner. If possible, turn these devices off, remove the metallic objects or move further away from the devices or objects until you are finished reading microchips.
The Pocket Reader and Pocket Reader EX do identify the presence of other all manufacturer’s microchips. However, not all microchips have the patented BioBond® anti-migration cap. Therefore, it is important to increase the normal suggested scan area by scanning the animal down to the elbows and in front of the shoulders as illustrated.