Since January 1, 2017, when mandatory dog registration requirements entered into force, more than 109,000 dogs have been registered in the Latvia Agricultural Data Center. Veterinarians' colleagues abroad appreciate the results of Latvian dog registration, but calls for consideration of the experience of other countries when the data of the database is not updated, its value decreases.
Although the results of registration in Latvia have been reached within a short period of time, which is a success, if the responsible state and municipal institutions do not carry out systematic work on the use of the database ( for instance training dog owners), as well as in promoting responsibility, the effectiveness of the data base will decrease over time. The huge number of registered dogs boasts the results achieved, but there is much to be done to ensure that dog owners contact the database organisation to inform them about any changes, emphasizes the Latvian Society of Veterinarians Chairman Māra Viduza.
In the UK, a survey showed that 10 of the animals caught every day in England never return to their true owners due to outdated information. When changing residence or telephone number, the owners of the microchipped animal should inform the database . Unfortunately, many owners are not doing so and it is when the animal is missing the owners realize the importance to maintain the data updated.
Veterinarians have an important role to play in these processes and we need to continue to work, but our work alone is not enough – the owners of dogs need to educate and encourage their interest in providing topical news to LDCs from the state and local governments as well. (latvian)