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Healthy cats and dogs

Responsible pet owners act in ways to keep their cats and dogs healthy and safe at home, at the vet and at play. Here are some tips you can follow to help keep your cat or dog healthy.


Please don't leave me! Never leave pets in hot vehicles.

In vehicles

  • Animal & Bylaw Services recommends that cats and dogs are not left in the vehicles at all and instead are left at home where they are safe and comfortable.
  • Cats and dogs left in vehicles must have sufficient ventilation. However, the open windows must not allow pets to access people who walk past the vehicle.
  • On a hot day, a dog can suffer heat stroke within 10 minutes.
  • In the winter, the temperatures may be too cold for a cat or dog to survive, even in a vehicle.

At home

  •  Ensure that cats and dogs remain on your property. Preventing you pet from roaming off your property reduces the likelihood that they will be hit by a car, attacked by coyotes or poisoned or hurt by other people.
  • If your cat must go outside, try building a cat run or try leash-training.
  • If your dog must stay outside, make sure he has proper shelter and a source of fresh water at all times.
  • Ensure your cat or dog is receiving the optimal amount of quality pet food.
  • Groom your cat or dog as necessary.
  • Play with your cat or dog regularly. This will help you bond with your pet and keep your pet attentive and happy. Bored animals can develop behavioural problems.
  • Be aware of poisonous items that may be in your home.


At the veterinarian

  • Ask your vet about distemper, rabies and booster shots.
  • Spay or neuter your cat or dog.
  • Take your cat or dog for annual check-ups.
  • Visit the vet if your cat or dog is displaying any unusual behaviour such as vomiting, diarrheal, straining to urinate (especially in cats), pain, lethargy, lack of appetite or excessive hunger or thirst.

To find the veterinarian nearest you, check out the Calgary Academy of Veterinary Medicine Listings.

At play

  • At an offleash area, make sure your dog is under your control at all times. This means your dog must be within your sight and able to respond to your voice, sound or visual signals.
  • Ensure your dog or cat does not bite or scratch other animals or people.
  • Always pick up after your dog. This helps curb the spread of disease from dog to dog and dog to human. It also helps to prevent the habituation of wildlife, such as coyotes. Checkout The City of Calgary’s P.U.P.P.Y. program for more information.