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The lost owner epidemic
Out-of-date information on microchips remains an issue, making it very difficult to reunite pets with their owners.
Database seeks to address incorrect microchip information
Two in five vets say they are unable to reunite missing pets with their owners due to incorrect information on the microchip database, according to new figures from the BVA.

The National Veterinary Data Service, which exhibited at last week’s BSAVA Congress (6-9 April), is working to address this issue by providing an advanced reunification service. The NVD database is synchronised with registered practice management systems, meaning clients do not need to update their personal information with both the practice and the database.

It has been a year since dog microchipping became compulsory in England, Wales and Scotland, and estimates suggest the majority of dogs are now microchipped. BVA’s latest Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey found seven in 10 vets believe the majority of dogs they see in practice have been chipped. However, out-of-date information on the microchip remains an issue, making it very difficult to reunite pets with their owners.

Moving house or bringing a new dog into the home are risky times; dogs feel disorientated and microchip details are most likely to be incorrect during these times. BVA stressed the importance of owners updating information as soon as they bring a new dog home or move to a new address, but this is something that is often forgotten.

Speaking to delegates at this year’s BSAVA Congress, NVD staff explained that the database was set up specifically to overcome these issues.

All microchip information is processed and kept up to date through the pet owner’s veterinary practice; if the client moves home or changes phone number, all they need to do is inform their registered veterinary practice. The information updates on the PMS, which automatically synchronises and updates the NVD database.

As a result, NVD-registered practices are able to reassure their clients that should their pets go missing, the most up-to-date contact information will be available.

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Charity reveals it treated thousands of pets with dental issues last year

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 Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has revealed that its veterinary team performs dental procedures on more than 170 animals every month. Last year the charity says it extracted hundreds of teeth from more than 800 animals and carried out thousands of routine scales and polishes.

To combat the problem, Battersea is urging pet owners to get regular dental checks at their vets, implement a daily oral care routine, feed a good dental chew and only give toys that are designed for dogs, including gentle rubber toys that are less wearing on the teeth. 

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Voting opens for RCVS council elections

Eligible veterinary surgeons can now vote in this year’s RCVS Council elections. Four out of the 10 candidates are already on council and are standing for re-election: David Catlow, Mandisa Greene, Neil Smith, Susan Paterson. The remaining six candidates are not currently on council: John C Davies, Karlien Heyman, John Innes, Thomas Lonsdale, Matthew Plumtree and Iain Richards.

Further information on the candidates can be found on the RCVS website: