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Ring-tailed lemur is one of many spring births
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Chatter box A new free app will support vital work in clinics caring for stray dogs around the world, experts say. Created by the University of Edinburgh, the tool allows vets to track the wellbeing of dogs going through catch-neuter-return schemes, which are common in countries with large numbers of strays.

Vets say the welfare of individual dogs can be overlooked during the process of capture, transport or surgery. The app, piloted across Asia and Africa, helps staff to monitor welfare, spot signs of distress and develop strategies to improve care. It was launched at BSAVA Congress on Friday 6 April.  Chatter box

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Vets call for exotic pet labelling scheme
Vets call for exotic pet labelling scheme

Study highlights growing problem of unwanted animals
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Calls to ban trade in amphibians from Asia
Calls to ban trade in amphibians from Asia

Movement of amphibians ‘directly contributed’ to chytrid spread
Emerging pathogen found in salamanders in the EU
Emerging pathogen found in salamanders in the EU

Efsa recommendations to protect pet and wild amphibians
Charity reports rise in rats and mice at its centres
Charity reports rise in rats and mice at its centres

Would-be pet owners encouraged to consider adoption
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Fumes from a fish tank hospitalise 10

Chemical released from coral inside the tank
US vets perform pioneering CT scan on a python
US vets perform pioneering CT scan on a python

Team had to coil 18-foot-long snake in half
Microchipping plea after two stray parrots found in Cardiff
Microchipping plea after two stray parrots found in Cardiff

Owners urged to make sure birds are fitted with a microchip or numbered ring
Trafficked pets released back into the wild
Trafficked pets released back into the wild

Turtles and tortoises were illegally kept and sold as pets
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Canada becomes leading exporter of Mexican tarantulas

Breeders trading more species to meet growing demand
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Farm to fork traceability championed in new service

Defra has created a new information service to offer farm to fork traceability when the UK leaves the EU. The Livestock Information Service, which is set to be operational from 2019, will identify and track animal movements via electronic IDs, meaning the industry and government are better placed to respond in the event of a disease outbreak.

Environment secretary Michael Gove said: “This service will be instrumental in improving traceability and providing guarantees to consumers about the origin of their food. NFU President Minette Batters, among others, has helped lead the way on this, showing how it will drive a progressive and vibrant livestock industry once we leave the EU.”

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