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Pet Welfare Fact Sheets

Owning pets can be a lot of fun, and pets can provide us with company, stress relief and unconditional love.

Pet ownership also teaches children responsibility, and helps them develop their social and nurturing skills.

Did you know that the average lifespan of a small dog is 11 years, and 12 years for a cat?

Responsible pet ownership involves choosing the right pet for your lifestyle, complying with the law, caring for your pet’s health, and ensuring your pet doesn’t cause problems in the community.

Being a responsible owner ensures you and your pet can enjoy a long and happy relationship.

The Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries has prepared a series of online fact sheets to provide pet owners with practical welfare tips on how to care for your pets.