A new animal health register is introduced

Dogs.Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

From October 1, around 200 animal hospitals will be registered in a national animal health register. The Veterinary Institute says such a registry is useful.

Norway will be the first country in the world to have such an animal registry. The system makes it easier for veterinarians to get an overview of diagnoses.

“If we had had this before, it could have been of great help to us now,” says Communication Director Asle Haukaas of the Norwegian Veterinary Institute to NRK.

At least 26 dogs across the country have died after a recent outbreak of bloody diarrhea. Even more have had symptoms, but the Veterinary Institute and the Norwegian Food Safety Authority are struggling to find the cause of the illness.

So far, there has been no nationwide statistics on the health of dogs. Haukaas says that having nothing to compare with is a challenge when trying to find the cause of this disease.

“We need to know if the disease picture has been normal. Are these variations we find from year to year, or is this an outbreak. Getting this system now will be a big help to us in our work, ” he says.

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