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Following this week’s announcement by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson that all dogs in England must be microchipped, by law, from 6 April 2016 Companion Care Vets ( which has over 100 veterinary surgeries across the UK, has issued a statement supporting this news.

Companion Care’s Support Office Vet Huw Stacey says, “Quite simply, a microchipped dog has far more chance of being reunited with his or her family than a dog without this method of identification. The government’s move to enforce microchipping will undoubtedly reduce the number of dogs in the care of rescue centres and make the whole process of matching lost dogs with rightful owners much smoother. We welcome this move.”

Figures show that approximately 60% of dogs in the UK are currently microchipped. A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and insertion between the dogs’ shoulder blades is quick and painless. All Companion Care surgeries offer microchips for dogs, cats and other pets and advise all clients about the benefits of microchipping.

A recent case of a microchip saving the day is that of Border Terrier Flo who went missing almost 160 miles from home whilst on holiday. A concerned member of the public, Rachel White, brought a little Border Terrier into Companion Care Vets in Winchester after she was found sitting by the motorway.

The vets gave her a quick health check – she was in great condition and she was scanned for a microchip, which she thankfully had.

After a few phonecalls to the numbers registered on Flo’s microchip her owners were reached and fifteen minutes later there was a happy family reunion.

It turned out that the owners were on holiday in Winchester visiting family and Flo had escaped on their morning walk, they had been searching all morning for her. Flo’s owner Tony Callcut was extremely grateful, he said, “I cannot thank the Companion Care Vets teams in Winchester and Plymouth enough – we were frantic with worry. Thank goodness we had Flo microchipped, we may never have got her back had we not.”

Claire Fryer
Companion Care Vets
PR Consultant
07970 403158

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