Equine Microchip

Written by Dr. Kari Searcy on . Posted in RVVS Blog

Hey All!Equine Microchipping

The Equine Team at River Valley continues to provide information for all of our horse enthusiasts!  We’ve previously discussed the rule change regarding needing current (ie within 6 months) documented proof of vaccination against Equine Herpes Virus.

This week the USEF has put out yet another news release for all horse owners. As odd as it is, equine-knapping, yes that’s right, has become a relatively new ‘crime.’  To help put a stop to these unfortunate folks’ agenda the USEF would like to have all horses be microchipped by 2019. Not only is this a good idea to ensure the horse’s identity but also allow fans and breeders to follow their careers.  

The process of microchipping is a simple procedure and the microchips can maintain implanted for the horse’s life.  For those horses competing for points, starting in 2018 the USEF will start enforcing the necessity for chip placement.  As the year and competitions progress into 2019, they will enforce every horse in competition to be microchipped.

So what if my horse and I don’t compete in the USEF?

Great question. While horse-knapping is not on the rise here in Minnesota it may be where you are headed. Having that peace of mind for all horse owners that their horse is properly identified and registered to them is of most importance. These recommendations are in place for you and your horse to ensure they don’t end up in the wrong hands or worse the wrong place.

How do we microchip a horse?

We will use a local block in the skin to numb the area along the left side mid-neck. A needle is inserted and the microchip is dispensed.  A microchip scanner is then used to scan the area and ensure its proper placement.

Thanks for reading!

Any questions, please contact us at 952.447.4118


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RVVS Fear-Free Practice

Written by Dr. Kari Searcy on . Posted in RVVS Blog

rvvs virenDid you know that RVVS utilizes tools to make sure your pet has a positive experience while here at River Valley? With the new buzz word of ‘fear free’ practice, we wanted to express how we make it a practice standard to ensure your pet gets the best care and experience.  

We have all experienced trips to the vet that didn’t go well. In fact, some of us share that empathy for we often have the same reservations in regards to the dentist or physician.  Whether it starts from stuffing them into a carrier or grabbing car keys, we here at RVVS know that we can make the experience that much better.  As animal care professionals, we are all very well trained to assess and understand an animals’ behavior when they walk in our doors.

Modalities that we use are designed for each individual pet. Whether that is an anxious fearful cat, we place them immediately in our cat exam room with lots of time to decompress and take in the appeasing pheromone Feliway.  Or it may be a fearful dog that finds even the sight of our building as a negative stimulus. A tool that we often use for fearful dogs is to have them come through the clinic for happy visits on empty stomachs.  Using food and toys as playful time without any negative interaction can really be helpful in making their visits more rewarding.

Other tools you may see us use include having your pet wear a Thundershirt, playing soothing sounds in the background, giving them lots of treats frequently, and gentle massage throughout the examination.

As a pet owner we know and understand you are their best advocate and if there are any tools that work best on your pet, please feel free to express them to our staff! Thanks for taking such great care of your pets!