A new code has been released in Victoria regarding Animal Welfare - This code applies to businesses, pet stores, breeders & other related organisations although pet owners are also advised/recommended to follow the code.
The changes include(within section 6):
Puppies between 3-8 weeks(weaning stage) must be fed 3 times a day, going no more than 12 hours without a meal.
Puppies 8-16 weeks must be fed at least twice a day.
Dogs older then 16 weeks must be fed at least once a day with the appropriately required amount of food.
Male & Female dogs must be at least 12 months of age prior to their first mating.
All Male & Female dogs must stop breeding after the age of 6 years old and are required to be desexed & health checked(blood work etc).
Female dogs are not permitted to have more than 5 litters through her life time(within the ages 1-6 years old).
Mating animals must be supervised at all time and both animals must be returned to their home pens every evening even if mating has not yet occurred.
Within 7 days of her due date, pregnant bitches, who are being multiply housed, must be moved to a specific whelping housing area or provided with private accommodation containing a whelping box.
For the first week post birth, bitches must be examined twice daily for mastitis and treatment provided immediately upon diagnosis
Puppies must have a health check by a staff member within 12 hours of birth. Daily handling of puppies must begin within 7 days of birth.
Bitches must receive a post-partum general health check within 8 weeks of giving birth.
All exercise activities must be monitored.
Where dogs are housed continuously indoors, at least one full exercise session per day must be outside (weather permitting).
Puppies aged 8-16 weeks must get at least 20 minutes of run/play time outside each day.
Dogs other than 16 weeks must get a minimum of 30 minutes exercise twice daily with at least 2 hours between each exercise session
Senior dogs aged 7+ years must get the same amount of exercise as a normal adult dog unless told otherwise by a Veterinarian.
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