Keep track of your pet. Microchipping is required for Albuquerque pets.

Nearly 1 in 3 pets will become lost during their lives. Microchip implants are an incredibly simple, inexpensive and effective way to find lost pets. Microchips keep pets out of animal shelters across Albuquerque and help pets find their ways back home. These tiny chips are permanent pet identification that cannot be removed or damaged, and if you and your pet ever become separated, the chip helps to reunite you with your pet quickly. By supporting this practice, Aztec Animal Clinic hopes to prevent more animals from entering shelters, as nearly 8 million animals enter U.S. shelters each year. The City of Albuquerque mandates that all dogs and cats residing within city limits must be microchipped.

A simple process

The microchip is contained in small biocompatible capsule smaller than a grain of rice, ensuring that the device is non-toxic, hypoallergenic and completely safe. An easy, nearly pain-free procedure then places the transponder just under the skin where a special biopolymer keeps the device in-place inside the animal. These microchips are rated for 25 years, meaning it never has to be removed or recharged during your pet’s lifetime.

The transponder works by passively transmitting radio waves with an animal-specific tracking number that, when connected to the central database, displays the pet’s name and owner contact information. Should your pet run away or get lost, a simple scan of the chip will allow the proper authorities to determine the owner’s identity and return the animal accordingly.

Aztec Animal Clinic believes microchipping is the safest, most effective method of pet recovery available, helping reunite more than 15,000 lost pets with their owners every month. To learn more about the benefits of pet microchips or schedule an appointment, please contact your Aztec Animal Clinic veterinarian today!

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