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Livestock Microchipping

Microchipping is a safe, permanent, and highly effective form of tagging or branding your animals. Implanted in each animal on your farm, your livestock will have a permanent form of identification and proof of ownership. Although no one plans to have their animals lost or stolen, accidents sometimes happen, and when they do, you’ll be glad if your animals are equipped with microchips.

What Is a Microchip and How Does It Work?

A livestock microchip is comprised of a biocompatible capsule (about the same size and shape as a grain of rice) that houses a small radio-frequency identification (RFID) microchip. When read with a special scanner, a microchip will be activated, and the scanner will display the animal’s unique identification number. This number is registered in a national database along with your name and contact information.
Microchips are useful for identifying missing livestock and for proving ownership when crossing state lines or transferring ownership of an animal.

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What to Expect During a Microchipping Procedure

Microchipping is a quick, safe, and simple procedure that requires no anesthesia. Similar to a vaccination, a microchip is inserted just beneath an animal’s skin using a hollow hypodermic needle. Animals might feel a slight pinch, but microchipping is relatively pain-free.

What Animals Can Be Microchipped?

Big or small, furry, feathered, or scaled, just about any kind of animal can be microchipped. From species to species, the same kind of microchips are used, but the placement of the microchip on the animal might differ slightly.
At Adobe Veterinary Center, we specialize in small animals, equine, and livestock microchips. Some of the farm animals we frequently microchip include:

  • Cows
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Llamas
  • Alpacas
  • Pigs
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On-Site Livestock Microchipping in Tucson

We recommend that all our clients safeguard their livestock with a permanent proof of ownership and identification, and microchipping is the perfect solution for both. If you’re ready to have your animals microchipped, we welcome you to contact Adobe Veterinary Center, and we’ll send a livestock veterinarian to your property to microchip your animals.

To learn more or schedule an on-site appointment for livestock microchipping, contact us today.