Microchip Implantation Procedure
- If the horse needs restraint for the chipping process, the performing veterinarian would first discuss further action with the horse owner. If agreed to continue with the implanting process, the veterinarian would first attempt the use of a twitch.
- Left hand side of the horse’s neck will be scanned by the compatible RFID scanner to assure the horse has not been previously implanted with an identifying microchip.
- Microchip that is to be implanted will be scanned before implantation to assure compatibility with the scanner.
- Left side of the horse’s neck approximately two inches below the mane line halfway between the poll and withers will be disinfected with either Nolvasan Scrub and/or Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol.
- A trained and accredited veterinarian will implant the electronic RFID micro-chip device into the nuchal ligament on the left side, in the middle third of the neck, halfway between the ears and the withers.
- The injection site will be re-scanned immediately after implantation, to assure the micro-chip is implanted and is functional.
- After a pre-determined time (week(s)/month(s)) the horse will be re-scanned to assure that the micro-chip is implanted and functioning properly.
- stiffness and soreness
- similar discomfort/ pain as that during a routine intramuscular injection
Frequently asked Questions:
Will I be able to exercise/ride my horse immediately after implantation?
Horses may exhibit soreness and stiffness for a day or two after the implantation. Horse’s activities may need to be limited for a day or two. It is advised to chip a horse when it has a day off time from strenuous activities and/or competitions.
Could the chip migrate?
The micro-chip is implanted in the nuchal ligament and has very little
chance of migrating.
How easy is it to remove the microchip after implantation?
It would be difficult, next to impossible, to remove the micro-chip after implantation.
Could my horse get sick or ill from the implantation of the microchip?
Anytime a horse has an injection there is a possibility of side effects such as; an abscess or infection. The chip itself should not cause a reaction problem. If complications occur with the horse following the chipping procedure the horse owner is responsible for obtaining their own veterinarian to address the difficulty.