Being a responsible pet owner


Owning a pet is a serious responsibility as you must care for it for its full life. 

You must not put an animal’s health and welfare at risk by failing to provide its basic needs. 

It is an offence if you breach your duty of care for an animal and you could face penalties for cruelty, neglect or for failing to help the suffering of an animal.

This guide has information on responsibilities for pet owners, what to do with you pet when you go on holiday and how to treat and prevent parasites in pets.

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Last updated: 08 March 2019

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