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Dogs celebrated across the globe
National Dog Day celebrates the important role dogs play in our lives.
Value of dogs recognised on World Dog Day
 
People from around the globe are today celebrating World Dog Day (26 August), which recognises the important role dogs play in our lives and aims to raise awareness of the number needing rescue each year.

The hashtag #NationalDogDay is now trending on Twitter as charities and dog lovers celebrate the varied roles dogs play in our lives.

HealthforAnimals, a global animal medicines association, has created an infographic to highlight some of these roles, which include assistance dogs, search and rescue, medical detection and companions.

The association, which endorses the One Health concept, is urging people to consider the health of their dog today and beyond.

National Dog Day was created by US animal advocate Colleen Paige, who suggests 20 ways to celebrate the event - including volunteering at a local shelter, checking your home to make sure its safe for your dog and donating to an animal charity.

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Reporting service for dead wild birds updated

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 The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has updated its online reporting service for dead wild birds.

The new version allows those reporting a dead bird to drop a pin on a map when reporting the location. It also includes a wider range of wild bird species groups to select from when describing the bird.

The online service, which helps APHA to monitor the spread of diseases such as avian influenza, can be accessed here

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NI chief vet urges bluetongue vigilance

Northern Ireland's chief veterinary officer (CVO) has urged farmers to be vigilant for signs of bluetongue, after the Animal and Plant Health Agency warned there was a very high probability of further cases in Great Britain.

There have been 126 confirmed cases of bluetongue virus serotype 3 in England since November 2023, with no cases reported in Northern Ireland. The movement of live ruminants from Great Britain to Northern Ireland is currently suspended.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the virus is most likely to enter Northern Ireland through infected animals or germplasm (semen or ova) being imported.

Brian Dooher, Northern Ireland's CVO, said: "Surveillance for this disease within Northern Ireland has been increased to assist with detection at the earliest opportunity which will facilitate more effective control measures."

Farmers should report any suspicions of the disease to their private veterinary practitioner, the DAERA Helpline on 0300 200 7840 or their local DAERA Direct Veterinary Office.