What do I need to learn about pet ownership in Peterborough?
City of Peterborough by-laws require all dogs to be licensed. Dog owners must purchase a dog license for their dogs on an annual basis. These licenses are issued by the Peterborough Humane Society and can be purchased online or in person at the Peterborough Humane Society office. Registered animals wear Pet Identification Tags that make it easier to identify them if they get lost and reunite them faster with their owner. For more information on dog licensing, including fees and forms, please visit the Peterborough Humane Society website.
For more information on dog ownership in Ontario please refer to the Dog Owners' Liability Act.
The law states that dogs and cats must also be vaccinated against rabies once a year or at longer intervals, depending on the vaccine used.
To find a local veterinarian you can refer to the Yellow Pages. Alternative veterinary care, also referred to as ‘natural’ or ‘holistic’, is also available. Holistic veterinary care includes services such as acupuncture, chiropractic and homeopathy. A listing of alternative veterinarians can be found here. The majority of Peterborough’s veterinary clinics offer 24 hours a day emergency care on an on call basis.
Please note that veterinary care is not subsidized by the government. Some pet owners choose to purchase pet insurance to help them with veterinary costs in the event of an illness or an accident. There are many pet insurance companies, their plans and fees differ, more information can be found on each company’s individual website, where you can also get free insurance quotes.
Shopping for pet food, treats, toys and other supplies is easy and accessible in Peterborough. There are many pet stores in all areas of the city. You can also get pet food and supplies at most superstores and grocery stores. Please check the Yellow Pages for pet food stores.
In case of an emergency it is important to be prepared. Your ‘in case of emergency’ plans should include your pets. The Peterborough Humane Society has created a comprehensive preparedness document that can help you prepare for or react to a crisis or emergency.