Larry Catt, D.V.M.
Larry G. Martin, D.V.M.

24 Hour Emergency
El Cajon (619) 590-1991
Ramona (760) 789-6845

Microchip Identification

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Large Animal Veterinary Associates is now offering permanent identification for your horse with AVID microchips. Avid is the leader in personal identification chips for animals. It is even used by many wildlife agencies for marking and tracking wild animals such as bears and lions. Each chip contains a unique number that is readable with a scanner. The chips are placed in the nuchal ligament of the neck, half way between the poll and the withers and the injection is as easy as a vaccination. Once a horse receives a microchip he or she has their own unique number much like a social security number or the VIN# of a car.

Once your horse is chipped, he or she can be identified if lost or stolen. A perfect example of this were the fires in 2003 and 2007, as many horses were displaced without the owner’s knowledge. Microchipping would help owners reunite with their companions and is also helpful in ownership verification. Many breeding facilities utilize these chips to assure accuracy when breeding. A horse that has an AVID microchip will be registered with our practice and the owner will have copies of the ID# for their records. In addition the horse can be enrolled in “HORSEtrac”. This is AVID’s 24/7 disaster and recovery program. If a horse is found and scanned, HORSEtrac will contact the owner with the location of their horse.

This is truly a wonderful opportunity to have peace of mind knowing that your horse is permanently identified. The chips are guaranteed for the life of the horse. Microchips have been used for years by several of the breed registries and are now available to the general horse owner as well. If you have any questions or would like to see how the chips work, please contact our office at 619-590-1991. Microchipping is $75.00*, including the life time registration with HORSEtrac.

*Cost does not include sedation. Sedation may or may not be necessary for all horses to be microchipped. Please consult your veterinarian if you think your horse may need sedation.