Whether the Christmas period meant the arrival of a new pet to your family, or you simply need a refresher  – we thought it would be a worthwhile time to look over some Pet Laws to ensure nothing but the best for you and your fur-baby… after all, you don’t want to go to Pet Prison!

To begin, it is worthwhile to note that although most laws about dogs and cats are the same throughout Victoria, there can often some variations between councils. And, by law, you are considered the owner of a cat or dog even if you are looking after it for only a short period of time.

Is there a limit to how many pets I can have?

As great as it would be to be surrounded by nothing but your fur-babies, some councils do place restrictions on the number of cats and dogs you can have. Considering the variations from council to council, it is a good idea to check with your local office as to whether more than one or two dogs or cats are permitted!


Once your cat/dog is three-months-old, you must register them with your local council. This registration must then be renewed each subsequent year.
If your pet is not registered and you live in Wyndham, pop into the clinic with them and we can arrange for FREE initial registration for you.

Following registration, you will be sent an identification tag which must be worn by your fur-baby at all times when not on your property – failure to do so could mean you get fined. Plus, for security reasons, the identification tag is super important as if your pet goes missing, it can make a difficult process even worse not being able to identify them! If the council cannot contact you within 8 days, then your dog or cat may be rehoused or even put down.

Mandatory microchipping is required for all dogs/cats before registering. Some councils also require desexing – so it is important to check with your local council and what their requirements are.


It is against the law the let your dog or cat wander on its own outside your property. There are some leash-free parks, beaches and tracks in some councils though to let your fur-baby run whilst under your care. There are many reasons as to why there are wandering laws – we want to keep your pet and the general public safe. Did you know that if your wandering pet causes a car accident, you are liable for the damage to the car and that could cost thousands.

Similar to dogs, cats too are restricted from wandering – and some councils impose curfews, meaning a cat must be indoors during specific times. Failure to prevent your cat from persistently wandering onto your neighbour’s property could result in being sent a notice of objection (which begins a legal process that can result in your cat being seized and you being fined!)

Dog Droppings?

There are many laws in place to ensure you pick up your dog’s droppings in public places. Failure to do so could result in a fine. This one kind of goes without saying anyway, but pick up after your loved one people – there is nothing worse than being on the other end of it, yuck!

These are some of the most important and essential laws for all dog and cat owners. Of course, there are many more laws which need to be followed, that Local Councils are only too happy to assist with. Otherwise, we too are always available to help you navigate through this exciting time of life known as parenthood (to a fur-baby!)