West Shore Animal Clinic is offering $5 microchips for any (non-dental) surgical patients from now through February 28, 2015. Simply ask to have a microchip implanted when you drop off your pet!

Pet Microchip and Grain of RiceAccording to the American Humane Association, only about 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats ever find their way back to their original owners.

To help give your pet the best chance of being identified should he ever become lost, have him implanted with the HomeAgain microchip. Tags and collars are a good start but they aren't 100% dependable.

To microchip your pet, a veterinarian injects a tiny chip about the size of a grain of rice just under your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. The number on the chip and owner information is then entered into the providers' database.

When a lost pet is found, any animal hospital, shelter, or humane society can use a special handheld microchip scanner to read the chip's unique ID number.