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Microchip Your Pet

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A low-cost microchip for cats and dogs

A microchip is the best way to ensure that your pet is returned to you if they are separated from your family. The microchip contains all of your pet’s records, including vaccinations and home address. If your pet is lost and gets picked up by the city, it can be scanned and all their information will come up so they can be returned home quickly.

The HEART (Humane and Ethical Animal Rules and Treatment) ordinance requires that your pet be microchipped. Starting August 26, 2013, all pets in Bernalillo County are required to be microchipped.


Microchipping in Albuquerque is both a good idea and required for all cats and dogs. Vetco veterinary clinic wants to make this process as quick, easy, and cost-effective as possible, which is why we offer to place a microchip during our daily no-appointment walk-in shot clinic.

Get pricing on our microchips on our Veterinary Services page.

Scanning for a microchip
What is a microchip?

A microchip is a device that is about the size of a grain of rice. It has a number on it that is attached to a database of information. That number is read by a microchip reader and then the information on the microchip can be accessed.

How is a microchip put in?

The microchip is inserted with a small injection between your pet’s shoulder blades. No anesthetic is required and it can be done during our walk-in shot clinics. Once the microchip has been inserted, it requires no further attention. There will be little to no healing time. Most animals are not even sore afterward. It is more like a small cut on their skin.

Are microchips safe?

Yes, they are very safe. Microchips are made from non-reactive surgical steel, similar to what is used to repair a fractured bone. The microchip is placed just under the skin. Because it is under the skin it can migrate down their neck but this will not cause any issues or discomfort.

What is the benefit of a microchip?

If your pet is lost, a microchip will provide information that will help reunite you with your pet.

What records does the microchip show?

The microchip will show the name, address, and phone number of the pet’s owner. It also shows vaccination records.