The changes, which take effect from Apr 1, were made to improve the housing, healthcare and management of animals, enhance their traceability and improve the accountability of pet businesses, said AVA.
Some of the revised regulations 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.
Members of the public can contact the AVA via its 24-hour hotline, 1800-476-1600.