Pets in Victoria
Victoria has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. 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.
- Victorian Pet Keeping Practices
New research scores Victorian dog, cat, rabbit and bird owners on how well they care for their pets. See how you compare!
- How do animals think?
Ever wondered what goes on in an animal’s mind? Read about some of the amazing things that animals can do.
- Animals and people
Read about the human-animal bond, how animals assist people, and tips on coping with the heartache of losing a pet.
- Unusual pets
In addition to dogs and cats, other popular pets include rabbits, birds, fish and guinea pigs. More unusual pets include mice, reptiles, ferrets and amphibians.