Microchipping your horse will help identify if your horse is stolen, or in case of a natural disaster, when a horse is rescued and needs to return to his or her owners.
Most people don’t think twice about microchipping their dog or cat, because it ensures your pet can find their way home, with permanent identification always in place. Our horses certainly are a more expensive investment and just as much a part of our families.
Here is a closer look at how you can use a microchip to keep your horse safe.
What Is a Microchip?
A microchip is a tiny electronic device that is injected into the left side of your horse’s neck. It’s only about as big as a grain of rice, but it stores information, like your contact information, which is delivered via radio waves. When your horse is lost and someone scans the chip they can access the contact information and get your horse back to you.
Is Microchipping Safe?
Microchips do not need a power source and contain no moving parts, so they are safe to stay in your horse for a lifetime. They are made from a material that is compatible with an animal’s body, so any discomfort or rejection is very rare. Over time, the microchip will become encased in the tissue, which means it will not move around the body.
What to Expect at a Microchipping Appointment
If you wish to have your horse microchipped, simply ask about it at your next appointment. The procedure is simple. Dr. Anderson will inject the microchip using a sterile syringe into the left side of your horse’s neck. The procedure is quick and causes minimal discomfort, just like a vaccination.
Once your horse is microchipped, you will receive paperwork that tells you how to register the microchip. Registering is very important because that is how your information gets put on to the microchip. If you don’t register the microchip, it is worthless.
Also, you will need to keep this information so you can change your contact information if you move or get a new phone number. Up-to-date information is critical to making sure you protect your horse with your microchip.
What Happens if Your Horse Gets Lost?
If your horse is lost, the people who find your horse will most likely take it to a local vet to be scanned. If your microchip information is up-to-date, the scanner will find your contact information and our staff can give you a call. You are able to collect your horse and return him or her home safely.
Microchipping your horse is a simple solution to add a layer of protection in case your horse is lost. Give yourself the peace of mind that comes from knowing you will always have a way to be reunited.