Dog & Cat Microchipping In Albuquerque
Everyone who has lost a cat or dog knows the heartache that families feel when a treasured pet can’t be reunited with loved ones. Years ago, pet owners would track missing animals by tacking fliers to telephone poles or grocery store bulletin boards and then hoping for the best. Today, there is a far more effective, high-tech alternative – pet microchipping.
What Is A Microchip Implant?
A microchip implant is a tiny device – no bigger than a grain of rice – that is placed just under your pet’s skin. The microchip stores important facts about your dog or cat, including a pet registration number and a phone number for an animal registry service. If your pet is lost, the microchip uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to relay this information to people who can help. Veterinarians or shelters use handheld scanners to retrieve the data, and the registry service tells them how to contact the animal’s owners.
At Valley Vetco, we believe it is smart for animal owners to make sure pets have appropriate identification collars and required licenses. However, a microchip implant can offer an extra measure of security for families who are looking for a lost animal. Albuquerque residents can find safe and affordable dog microchipping and cat microchipping services at Valley Vetco.
Why Choose A Microchip Implant?
About 12 million pets are brought to animal shelters every year. Of those pets, about 15 to 20 percent of lost dogs without identification are reunited with their owners, according to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy. Only two percent of cats without IDs find their way back home. Most successful reunions are reported when lost pets have identifying tattoos, tags or microchips.
More than half of all missing dogs implanted with registered microchips were found by their owners as a result of the dog microchipping, according to one pet study. About 38 percent of missing cats with registered microchips were successfully claimed by their owners because of cat microchipping.
What Is The Procedure For Pet Microchipping?
Your veterinarian uses a syringe to insert a microchip just under your pet’s skin, between the shoulder blades. No anesthesia is needed for the simple procedure, and complications are rare. The tissue around the implant normally bonds to the chip within a day to hold it in place. The microchips work for as many as 25 years.
Valley Vetco fills out an enrollment form for the animal registry associated with the chip manufacturer. The information on that form allows the registry to contact the owner when a missing dog or cat is found. The enrollment fee is included in the price of the microchip and pets are be registered in the national microchip database within 6-8 weeks. There is never a charge for updating your contact information with the microchip registry.
Why Get a Microchip at Valley Vetco?
Many clinics and city shelters offer lower pricing on microchips, but their price does not include registering the chip in a national database. And once you pay the hefty fee to register your pet’s chip, you’ll find additional fees to keep the chip active every year and/or to update your information if you move or change phone numbers.
Valley Vetco’s microchips all come with pre-paid registrations and you will never have to pay another registration fee, annual fee, or information update fee again.
If you get your microchip implanted elsewhere, be sure to ask about hidden registration and annual fees.
Is Microchipping Required by Law?
If you reside in the city of Albuquerque or Bernalillo County, your cat/dog is required to have a microchip.