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Worrying number of owners do not update microchips
Just over a quarter of owners said their pet had strayed within a week of moving house.
Almost half of dog owners fail to update details after moving house

Nearly 50 per cent of dog owners do not update their dog's microchip every time they move house, according to a Dogs Trust survey. On top of this, just over a quarter said their pet had strayed from home within a week of a house move.

Updating microchips appears to be a worryingly low priority during property moves. Sorting out digital TV contracts was ranked as a higher priority, while only nine per cent of the dog owners who responded to the survey prioritised updating their dog's microchip after moving house.

Of those who did not update the microchip, just under a quarter (24 per cent) said they did not know where or how to update it, 15 per cent said they did not have time and five per cent admitted they couldn't be bothered.

The survey highlighted some other concerning gaps in owner knowledge - namely, 57 per cent were not aware that microchipping will become a legal requirement next year.

Furthermore, over 70 per cent of owners who took part were unaware that they have only seven days to claim a missing dog from the local authority before they are rehomed or euthanised.

Dogs Trust CEO Adrian Burder, said: "Losing a dog is an extremely upsetting time for both dog and dog owner, incorrect address details can only intensify an already very stressful moment.

"We encourage all dog owners who have recently moved to update their dogs’ microchip details; you can do it online, by telephone or by post."

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Webinar to focus on equine worm control

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 Vets, veterinary nurses and RAMAs are being invited to join a free CPD webinar on late winter and early spring equine worm control.

Hosted by Zoetis vet Dr Wendy Talbot, the webinar aims to help prescribers understand which parasites are of most concern at this time of year. It will also cover how to assess parasite risk, selecting a suitable wormer and spring wormer plans, concluding with a Q&A session.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, 18 March at 10 am and will be repeated at 7 pm for those unable to listen during the day. To book the 10 am webinar, click here, and to register for the 7 pm webinar, click here

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Avian influenza confirmed in Lancashire

A case of highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N8) avian influenza has been confirmed in two captive peregrine falcons on a non-commercial, non-poultry premises near Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.

Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

Eighteen cases of HPAI H5N8 have now been identified in poultry and other captive birds in England. A housing order for poultry and captive birds introduced by Defra to control the spread of the disease expired on 31 March, although bird keepers in England are still required by law to comply with biosecurity measures.

For more information, please click here.