May 15, 2016


 New York state requires care instructions for small exotic pets

​Posted May 2, 2016 

The state of New York now requires pet dealers and retailers to provide purchasers with written instructions on proper care for small animals.

The requirement applies to small mammals, including but not limited to hamsters, chinchillas, guinea pigs, gerbils, rabbits, mice, rats, and ferrets, and to small amphibians or reptiles, including but not limited to frogs, snakes, and lizards. The requirement does not apply to dogs, cats, birds, fish, or feeder animals.

According to the law, which took effect in mid-March, pet dealers and retailers “shall deliver or provide digital access to the purchaser of a small animal, at the time of sale, general written recommendations for the generally accepted care of the class of such small animal, obtained from sources including but not limited to a state or national: professional association established to further the veterinary professions; association established for the preservation and care of reptiles; or pet industry organization representing pet retailers, including information on housing, equipment, sanitation, environment, feeding and watering, handling, and veterinary care.”

The law appears to be the first of its kind in the country, according to the AVMA State Relations Department.  

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