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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...

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