Be a Responsible Pet Owner

How long can I live?

Good food, fresh water and shelter.

What size am I?

Cats and dogs are social animals and need playtime and affection just like people do. Always make time for a pet! Pets that do not get enough attention can develop unwanted behavioural issues.

What colour am I?

Cats and dogs need exercise. Otherwise, they will gain weight and may be at greater risk for health and behavioural problems (i.e. vocal and/or destructive tendencies).

What colour am I?

Training is not about control or punishment… it is about building a healthy relationship with your pet. Training sets your pet up for success; a well-trained pet is a pleasure for everyone!

What colour am I?

It keeps your pet healthy! Pet owners should brush/comb their cats and dogs. Regular grooming is good for their fur and provides an opportunity for pet owners to check for fleas or abnormalities (lumps). Don’t forget…grooming also includes: trimming nails, cleaning ears and brushing teeth!

What colour am I?

In addition to emergency medical care, an annual examination and vaccinations will keep a pet in tip-top shape. Annual check-ups can also help to identify health issues before they become too serious. Did you know that rabies shots are required by law in Ontario?

What colour am I?

A cat or dog should be spayed or neutered to stop them from having babies. It is a medical procedure, performed by a veterinarian. Females get spayed and males are neutered. Spayed and neutered pets live longer, healthier lives and are less likely to get cancer. They are also calmer and better behaved. That’s a win-win situation for pets and their owners!

What colour am I?

A cat or dog needs a collar and identification tag. They should also have a microchip. A City of Ottawa licence tag is also required every year (if you reside within the City of Ottawa). Licensing registers a pet and provides a way to have them identified and returned to their owner if they get lost. Only 56% of lost dogs and 5% of lost cats at the Ottawa Humane Society are returned to their owners!

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