Do you have any queries on pet ownership?

We know that getting a new pet can be wonderful yet frustrating, especially if you're having one for the first time. Or maybe you've always longed for a pet but don't really know where to start. We hope to be able to answer some of the frequently asked questions here with regards to pet ownership in Singapore.

However, while we try to be as accurate as possible, we are definitely no experts in this area and may sometimes give the wrong advice. And what we write is solely our own opinions. So please write to us if you find any erroneous information here or if you've got any questions you would like answered. We sure would appreciate any help we can get!

1. What kind of dogs can I keep in a HDB flat?

Your dog must weigh 10 kg or less or stands a maximum of 40 cm at the shoulders. For a complete list of dog breeds allowed, check out the AVA site. Only 1 dog is allowed per flat while a maximum of 3 dogs are allowed for other premises.

2. Do I have to get a licence for my dog/cat?

AVA states that all dogs older than 3 months have to be licenced. For an unsterilised female dog, the licence fee costs S$70pa, while for sterilised and male dogs, the fee costs S$14. To obtain a licence for your dog, you may make a trip to AVA or request for an application form by phone, fax, mail or email.

Centre for Animal Welfare and Control
Agri-food and Veterinary Authority
75 Pasir Panjang Road
Singapore 118507
Tel : 065-1800-4761600 or 065-4726369 or 065-4733077
Fax : 065-4726157
E-mail :

Cats do not have to be licenced.

3. Should I get a purebred dog or a crossbreed?

Getting a purebred dog would mean that you're more or less sure of how it's going to look like as an adult, what kind of genetic diseases to look out for and what temperament to expect. But we believe that every dog is unique, and while you never know what you're going to find in a crossbreed, that's where the fun comes in!

4. Do I need to vaccinate my dog/cat?

YES! I've lost a puppy through distemper (he was already infected when I got him, but I still blame myself) and you DO NOT want to have to watch him suffer that way. So do get your puppy/kitten vacinated at 2 months, 3 months and 4 months of age, and then subsequently once yearly. Do also remember to deworm your puppy and kitten. If you live in an area prone to mosquitos, it might be a good idea to check for heartworm and protect again it. Ask your veterinarian for more info.

5. Where can I get my pet neutered and will it grow fat after that?

You can get your pet neutered at any vet. Call up to ask for the rates. And growing fat is a common myth. Pets after being neutered are more homely and manageable, so they tend to spend less energy chasing after other dogs/cats, which may result in some pets gaining weight. Give them something interesting to do or reduce their diet and they'll be as slim as ever. On the other hand, not getting your pet neutered may result in some health problems later in life, such as mammary cancer, so do neuter your pet unless you intend to breed it.

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