Tighter licensing rules for pet businesses from April 1 to ensure care and housing of animals

The revised licensing conditions include all breeding dogs having to undergo an annual health check by a licensed veterinarian.
The revised licensing conditions include all breeding dogs having to undergo an annual health check by a licensed veterinarian.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Pet shops and pet farms will face tighter licensing regulations from April 1.

The new rules will improve the housing and management of animals, enhance traceability of animals and accountability of pet businesses, and improve healthcare, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said in a press release on Tuesday (March 28).

Examples of the changes include:

- If two or more dogs are kept together, they must be compatible, and each dog must be able to move, turn around without hitting the sides of the kennel, stand upright, lie down and stretch.

- All retired breeding dogs must be kept separately from breeding dogs and segregated according to their gender.

- Puppies must be microchipped by nine weeks old and kittens microchipped by 12 weeks old.

- All breeding dogs must undergo an annual health check by a licensed veterinarian.

Ms Jessica Kwok, group director of AVA's Animal Management Group, said: "We sought feedback from key stakeholders such as pet businesses, animal welfare groups and the Pets Enterprises & Traders Association, Singapore (Petas), to seek suggestions and understand concerns."

She added that AVA has been working with these stakeholders since December last year to prepare them for the changes.

Members of the public can contact AVA via its 24-hour hotline on 1800-476-1600 should they come across any animal welfare issues.

The full list of revised licensing conditions can be found on AVA's website.