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NEWS ASK THE VET by Laura McKirdy The power of the microchip In 2016 microchipping of dogs in England becomes compulsory. But why not get it done now - this tale will show you why it’s worth it! A few weeks ago, Lizzy the Patterdale Terrier went missing. Owner Alison Taylor, who works as a Receptionist at Paragon, feared the worst because ten month old Lizzy had never been known to stray far. Alison and her family spent hours searching. They put up posters, called animal refuges and ran a Facebook campaign. But there were no sightings. Then - two weeks after Lizzy disappeared - Alison got a surprising phone call. ‘A dog warden called to say Lizzy had been found wandering along a road in Ormskirk. They’d been able to trace her back to me because of her microchip.’ Alison may never know how Lizzy came to be on a road a good two-hour drive from her home, but she has her suspicions. ‘I believe she was stolen, probably to be used in some sort of dog sport. Some of her curls have been cut off and there were marks on her face. She’s be been checked by Vets at Paragon and she’s fine although she has lost weight.’

June 2013

Contact us: CALDEW VETERINARY HOSPITAL Carlisle House, Townhead Road, Dalston, Carlisle CA5 7JF Tel: 01228 710208 vets@paragonvet.com TOWNHEAD VETERINARY CENTRE Newbiggin, Stainton, Penrith, CA11 0HT Tel: 01768 483789 townhead@paragonvet.com LONDON ROAD SURGERY 87 London Road Carlisle CA1 2LG Tel: 01228 591005

Lizzy enjoyed a brief spell of fame, with appearances on Border TV and in the papers, but now she’s just happy to be back home, safe and sound.

Microchipping for dogs is on special offer at Paragon Vets - costing just £10. Ask us for more details. Alison will definitely tell you microchipping makes sense!

PARAGON VETERINARY GROUP Visit us at: www.paragonvet.com and please ‘like’ us on our FACEBOOK page www.facebook.com/ParagonVets.Pets

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Pet(s) of the Month Meet three very special little kittens -

you already know their namesakes!

The Cumbria branch of the Blue Cross Pet Fostering team do wonderful work in finding homes for cats and kittens. Recently they took in a whole family of kittens - and decided they should be named after some very special people! So - meet Lewis, Simmons and McKirdy. Linked together they sound like a Detective Agency from the old Wild West but we know them better as Paragon Vets Graham Lewis, Ruth Simmons and Laura McKirdy. You can find out more about Blue Cross at

www.bluecross.org.uk

PUPPY TRAINING Our new session of puppy training classes begins with a free taster class on tuesday June 4th - then it’s £40 for the next six weeks. We’ll break for the summer and start them again in September. You can see what happens at the puppy training classes in a new DVD. It will soon have its premiere in our waiting area at Dalston - but in the meantime you can watch it on YouTube. Just type ‘puppy training Paragon’ in the YouTube search box to find it.

Have you seen our new Canine Blood Donors DVD?

Did you know dogs can be blood donors? Your dog could save another dog’s life find out how in our new canine blood donors DVD. It’s being shown in the reception area of our Dalston practice. You can also see it on our Paragon Pets Facebook page.

PARAGON VETERINARY GROUP Visit us at: www.paragonvet.com and please ‘like’ us on FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/ParagonVets.Pets


Pets june 2013