By Debi Metcalfe
Microchips are a very popular low cost way to permanently ID an animal in the United States. The United States is in a transition period in regards to microchipping, moving from the old to the new microchip. The key is transition, meaning we have not arrived yet.
I am often called a myth buster for a reason. I have been working with all forms of equine identification for 15 years. I believe in telling the public the truth about equine ID methods instead of the sales pitch that comes with an ID method, including microchips which are the subject of this article.
Frist, I want you to consider a microchip as your serial number or VIN number for your horse. I have never misled the public into thinking that a horse will be scanned at horse auctions and slaughterhouses. It is also highly unlikely that a kill buyer at a horse auction is going to have a scanner at a sale and even more unlikely that they would use one to return a horse to an owner.
So why get one for your horse? That answer is very simple. You get one to prove ownership in case of theft, disaster, civil situations and a multitude of other really good reasons. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you wished you had one, it is too late.
Second, even with all of the pros and cons of microchipping I firmly believe this is one of the best forms of personal identification for a horse. Think about it, if all horses had them would we need anything else?
There is much to know about the microchips but I have the points I think are most important simplified below.
Stolen Horse International does not represent the microchip as a cure all form of animal identification. All forms of equine Id have pros and cons. We highly recommend the microchip in combination with a permanent form of visible ID as well.
Questions? Ask me by sending me an email. I not only brought you the ability to purchase the chip online but I also actually work in the field in clinics with veterinarians and at many horse venues. I have also personally dealt with thousands of missing horse cases personally or through Stolen Horse International. I see what works and what does not.
It is not about the money for Stolen Horse International. It is about the safety of your horse so that in any situation where you need to prove ownership, you can do so. I highly recommend that you ID your horse in any manner of your choice as soon as possible.
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Purchase your microchips from Stolen Horse International and help us continue to help missing horse victims with your purchase. We do not use companies that sell the 900 numbered microchips. All proceeds support our Victim's Service and Educational Outreach projects.