I’ve ranted before in this space about the perils of irresponsible pet ownership; in short, if you don’t obey leash laws, YOUR DOG WILL BE EATEN BY A COYOTE. So leash your dogs, kids. Everyone knows coyotes are the Hannibal Lecters of family Canidae.
OK, so maybe that was a bit harsh. But never let it be said that I don’t alert you, dear readers, to opportunities for you to make your pets happier, healthier and safer. This Saturday the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) is offering a low-cost vaccine and microchip clinic in West Hollywood. The event runs from 9 AM to 1 PM, at 8300 Santa Monica Blvd, behind City Hall.
Microchipping is probably the most reliable way to make sure your pet is returned to you if he or she runs off (that dog was on a leash, right?); to microchip a pet, a veterinary technician will implant the chip — which is smaller than a grain of rice — just under the animal’s skin. Then, if your pet is found, a scan of the microchip will reveal that you’re the owner. The fee for this is $25.
The clinic will also offer a host of vaccinations, ranging in price from $5 to $15. For more information, contact the spcaLA at 310.676.1149.