Microchipping is the single most important tool in getting your pet home safely if they get lost. Unlike collars and tags which can come loose, microchips are a permanent form of identification. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under the skin in between the shoulder blades. Each microchip has a unique number that is registered to the owner’s contact information. When a lost pet is brought into an animal hospital or shelter, they are scanned with a microchip reader, and if a microchip is present, they are one step closer to being reunited with their family. West Coast Animal Hospital uses Home Again Microchips which are a leader in microchip technology.