Recognising National Desexing Month, Council is reminding Casey's dog and cat owners of the importance of responsible pet ownership with these top tips.
Having a pet can be a wonderful addition to your family, and being a responsible pet owner means ensuring your pet is exercised, trained, microchipped, desexed, registered, and most of all cared for and loved.
Tips on responsible pet ownership:
- Ensure your pet is registered with Council and your registration details are up to date. Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, any dog or cat which is three months of age or older needs to be registered with Council and paid by 10 April each year. If you haven’t registered your pet yet please contact Council or register your pet online.
- Get your pet microchipped. Microchipping your pet helps ensure their safe and quick return if they become lost.
- Confine your dogs and cats to your property. Dogs and cats must be confined to the property of their owner at all times, otherwise, the owner is guilty of an offence and may receive an infringement.
Most dog attacks are the result of poor fencing or open gates, and occur very close to the dog’s home. Cats also enjoy longer and healthier lives when safely contained to their property.
- Desex your pet. Desexing prevents unwanted litters and can reduce the risk of cancer in some cases. It can also reduce antisocial behaviour in males, including aggressive and dominant behaviour.
- Pick up your pet's poo. A person in charge of a dog or other animal must immediately remove and properly dispose of any dog or animal litter deposited by that animal in any public place.
- Pamper and care for your pet. Feed an adequate balanced diet, provide clean water at all times and a cosy, dry place to sleep. Dogs also need regular exercise and attention, and there are many great parks and reserves across Casey for owners and pets to enjoy, including Casey Field's new off-leash dog park.
- Ensure your pets are vaccinated. Whether you are a dog or cat owner or both, keeping vaccinations up-to-date is crucial in maintaining your animal’s safety (as well as that of your family), as some animal diseases can be transferred to humans. Getting your pets vaccinated provide immunity from a range of infectious diseases that can cause long term illness and even death. Speak to your vet to ensure you pet's vaccinations are up to date.