With an approximate increase of 32 per cent in dog ownership over the past decade, Singapore has seen a steady expansion of the pet industry. Cute and cuddly, we aren’t exactly surprised at this rising trend of pet ownership either.
However, if you are a to-be pet owner or are welcoming the addition of a furry companion, it is important to first get a good sense of the basic pet ownership rules. As the best pets magazine in Singapore, we have compiled a to-know list for all pet lovers – you won’t want to miss out on any of these!The code of animal welfare for pet owners
More of a guide, the code of animal welfare for pet owners is essential to ensuring the well-being of your furry companion.
First and foremost, your pet should be provided with a well-aerated, safe and clean home, including access to food and clean drinking water. When at home, all doors and openings should be secured, to prevent any great escapes. If your pet has to be confined within a cage, ensure that is has ample space to roam about in. Speaking of which, do be aware of your pet’s whereabouts at all times and be sure to pick a trusty caregiver whenever you are away.
When walking your furkid, ensure it is on a leash. Taking your pal on a drive? Make sure it is placed in a well-ventilated carrier and never leave it unattended.
Do also take your pet on regular visits to the pet and lastly, in the case where you lose your pet, do report the case to AVA.Compliance and Enforcement
Pets are a lifelong commitment, where pet owners may face prosecution for negligence or abuse. For instance, in 2017a man was fined $8,000 for mistreating a dog, while in late 2016, a Yishun woman was sentenced to two weeks in prison for not giving proper care to her 39 cats (talk about extreme).
Since you are the only one your pal can depend on, it is advisable to provide it with as much tender loving care as possible.Acquiring pets
From March 1st, 2017, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has laid out a set of regulations for all who are joining the pet industry. Pet sellers for instance, are required to have all pets, especially canines, licensed by the agency before they can be put up for sale.
If you’re not a pet seller but would like to sell or put your dog up for adoption, you’ll have to inform AVA of the transfer of ownership before submitting the new owners’ particulars. This process is now facilities with AVA’s online system, Pet Animal Licensing System (PALS).
As such, it is advisable to be updated on the latest pet-related news, to ensure the best for your pet. No pressure, but a read of the best pets’ magazine will definitely help.