Lane Cove Pet Guide 2020

We love our pets in Lane Cove.  ITC has put together a list of suppliers and local information you need as a pet owner in Lane Cove.  We hope you find out Lane Cove Pet Guide informative.

Register Your Pet

  1. Microchip your pet and register the details.   Registrations can be completed online via the NSW Pet Registry or Service NSW using your MyServiceNSW Account. You can also register your pet in person at the Lane Cove Council offices or at any Service NSW Centre.
  2. Many different types of pets can be microchipped, so ask your vet if your bird, rabbit, goat or bunny can be microchipped.  More details on microchipping can be found here.   You can also check your pet’s microchip details by clicking here.
  3. if you move or change your phone number update your details with the NSW Pet Registry. Update your details so that on the day of your move the new details are available;  More information on updating the details of your pet here.
  4. Always have two phone numbers registered (we did have a situation where the owner was overseas and the only way the owners knew their pet had escaped was they saw it on ITC);
  5. Do not just rely on a microchip, sometimes it can be difficult to read a microchip (particularly on older pets). Make sure your pet has a collar and your phone number is embroidered on the collar.  We have had many pets where their details are on a tag hanging from the collar.  A hanging tag can come off it if the pet gets stuck on a fence or in bushes.

Local Vets – Keep Your Pet Healthy

Figtree Vet Clinic

Figtree Vet Clinic has been part of the local community for over 35 years.  The team of highly experienced vets and nurses offer top-quality preventative, diagnostic, medical and surgical care for Lane Cove pets. Figtree Vets are a fully equipped practice, with in-house laboratory testing, full dental suite, digital x-ray and dental xray and ultrasound. They also work closely with local specialists and 24-hour hospitals to provide every element of care your pet may require. Figtree Vets’ puppy preschool is the best in the area!

The staff at Figtree Vets treat each patient with loving and compassionate care, caring for every pet as if it were their own. Their customer service is second to none, they want you to feel comfortable leaving the care of your beloved pets’ health in the hands of their wonderful staff. The handy location and convenient parking make a visit to the clinic stress-free for owners and their pets.

Contact Details

Phone: 9428 4700
Address: 10/225 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove West, NSW 2066 (rear of Figtree Plaza)
Online Booking:  Book Now
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-7pm, Saturday 8am-4pm



North Shore Veterinary Hospital

North Shore Veterinary Hospital was established in 1935. NSVH serviced the local community for 80 years and prides itself on delivering the highest quality care.

We are proud to now be operating at two different purpose-built locations in Sydney’s lower North Shore, Artarmon and Crows Nest.

We are open at the Artarmon Hospital 24 hours 365 days a year, with specialists and critical care emergency veterinarians on hand. Our skilled team is always available for consultation and advice when it is needed. Our Crows Nest Hospital remains open during normal work hours, with ready access to our emergency and specialty staff if required. Undercover parking is available at both sites.

In addition, the hospital is home to North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre, which operates independently of the general practice.

Contact Details

Address: 63 Herbert St, Artarmon
Phone: (02) 9436 4910
Email: [email protected]
Online Booking:
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 7.30 am – 9 pm, Sat-Sun 8.30 am – 5 pm, Public Hol 8.30 am – 5 pm.  Emergency open 24/7

Loving Care Mobile Vet

Loving Care Mobile Veterinary Service was established by Tonia Norton to provide a caring, professional veterinary service to her clients. Having been a vet for over 30 years and managed a busy vet clinic, Tonia believes there is a need for more personalised care, where animals are treated like family, and cared for in the home.

Contact Details

Phone: 0412 131 925
Email: [email protected]
Online Booking:
Facebook: Lovingcaremobilevet
Opening Hours: Consultations are by appointment Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 5 pm, and Saturday mornings by request.

Pet Supplies


Oliver Barkley Pet Supply is a small family business serving the community of Lane Cove. Located at the back of Figtree Plaza, Oliver Barkley stocks premium brand pet foods such as  Ivory Coat, Royal Canin, Man’s Best and Ziwi Peak alongside customer favourites Kong, Chuck-It, Fuzzyard and Rogz for toys and accessories.

All Natural Australian and New Zealand treats such as Bully Sticks, Roo Tendons and Beef Jerky Strips alongside Greenies, Fit n’ Flash and Saviour Life treats keep your four-legged friends content. Flea tick and worming products also available. Visit us in store or order online. We’ll treat you to free delivery within the local area.

Contact Details

Phone: 9427 8729
Email: [email protected]
Address: 8/225 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove West, NSW 2066 (rear of Figtree Plaza)
Facebook: @oliverbarkleypet
Instagram: @oliverbarkleypet


Train Your Pet

K9 Culture

K9 Culture dog training focuses on helping people create a balanced relationship with their dog. My name is Mary Lumsden and I am a certified dog trainer and owner of K9 Culture in Lane Cove.  Are you frustrated with your dogs behaviour or need help with a new puppy?  My job is to help struggling owners become confident owners.  I can show you how to build a relationship of clarity and understanding so you can have the family pet you’ve always wanted.   

K9 Culture Services:

  • Puppy Preschool (8 – 16 weeks of age)
  • Group Obedience Classes (Lane Cove)
  • Private Consultations

Contact Details

Phone: 0400 312 187
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @k9culturee_lanecove




North Shore Veterinary Hospital Puppy Preschool

Our onsite puppy school teaches you and your new puppy how to behave around the house, dogs and other people. With classes taking place at the hospital, we will teach you about socialisation, toilet training, handling for trips to the vet, basic obedience, exercise and play requirements. Given how quickly puppies develop and can form habits, we strongly recommend early training as an essential part of any puppies life. If you are interested in enrolling your new puppy in our preschool, please call us directly to find out more information.

Contact Details

Address: 63 Herbert St, Artarmon
Phone:  (02) 9436 4910
Email: [email protected]
Online Booking:

Groom Your Pet


The Well Groomed

The Well Groomed is a locally owned and run grooming salon in Riverview. Shoko has been in the grooming industry for the last 19 years as a professional dog groomer and also has experience in training dog groomers. The Well Groomed offers caring and high quality grooming service to your dogs. We believe it’s important that your dog is comfortable with their visits and have a good experience while being groomed. We supply essentials for your dogs and cats as well.

At this time we are only able to offer our service to small to medium dogs until we find more staff to join our team! We will post when we are able to welcome back our big four-legged clients! Please follow us on our website/Facebook/Instagram for news and updates!

Please note : We have an issue with our phone line, in the mean time please email or text 0403048034 for your booking. We will get back to you as soon as we can!

Contact Details

Address: 59 Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview 2066 NSW
 02 8964 1072 or text 0403048034
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: The Well Groomed Dog Grooming Riverview
Instagram: @the_well_groomed_riverview


Bloomingtails is an award winning one-stop-shop for all your dog’s needs. From food supplies and accessories to quality grooming and doggy daycare, Bloomingtails offers only the most ethical and holistic canine products and services. We understand the importance of wellness and wellbeing to help your dog’s natural beauty shine from the inside and out, and our aim is to create a relaxed and positive environment so that they leave feeling loved, pampered and indulged. We offer a range of premium spa and grooming packages, as well as, quality ‘Doggy Daycare’ services. We also offer a unique, safe and reliable pet taxi service to transport your fur-baby to and from their grooming appointments and doggy daycare at Bloomingtails. 

Our professional dog grooming services will make your dog’s natural beauty shine from the inside out. Whether your fur-baby shares the couch or even the bed with you, you’ll know they’re wonderfully clean, healthy and extra cuddly after every visit.

All our dog grooming services include: cleaning of ears, nail clip, paw tidy and sanitary area tidies. Each groom is finished off with a spritz of cologne, a free bandana and lots of cuddles!

We also provide pre-grooming consultations and recommendations on appropriate products and services to ensure we achieve the desired grooming result.  See below our doggy, day care, dog walking and boarding options.

Contact Details

Address: 347 Pacific Highway Artarmon
0420 371 855
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: @bloomingtailsdoggrooming
Instagram: @bloomingtails_dog_grooming


Board Your Pet


North Shore Veterinary Hospital Cat Boarding

Being away from home is a great worry for pet owners. How can you be sure that your cattery is providing the best environment for your cat? Will she get enough exercise and the right diet? Cats that are left alone at home may decide to “move house” when their pet parents are away. Now you can entrust your cat to animal health professionals that will ensure all its needs are met while you’re away.

  • Daily exercise and playtime with staff. And all-day access to the play gym.
  • A climate-controlled environment
  • Premium cat food. If your cat is fussy or has diet requirements we can feed food provided by you at no extra charge.
  • We have Feliway (a relaxing pheromone diffusor) within the cattery to keep all our furry friends happy and relaxed!
  • We are open 7 days a week for drop off and pick-ups.
  • Veterinary Staff are on site 24/7
  • Cats on medication or other treatments are well catered for.
  • You are welcome to visit our facilities beforehand
  • All cat receives plenty of love and cuddles!

Contact Details

Address: 63 Herbert St, Artarmon
Phone:  (02) 9436 4910
Email: [email protected]


Look no further, Bloomingtails provide reliable service as well as an assuring peace of mind with our caring and responsible dog minding services.  Our friendly and reliable Pet Nannies can stay in your home providing love, companionship and care for your dog just as if you were there yourself, or if you prefer, your fur baby can stay with one of our dog-loving Pet Nannies in their ‘home away from home stays’.

At Bloomingtails, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that while your fur baby is with us, we will treat them with utmost love and care that only our staff can give.

Contact Details

Address: 347 Pacific Hwy, Artarmon NSW 2064
0400 312 187
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: @bloomingtailsdoggrooming
Instagram: @bloomingtails_dog_grooming

Pet Photography


Furry Munchkins Pet Photography

Furry Munchkins Pet Photography is all about providing you with a unique, expressive, visual language to tell and relive the story of how your Furry Best Friend transformed your life.

I’m Keefe and my number one goal is to help you create luxurious artwork of your furry loved one to display in your beautiful home that will be guaranteed to transform any room (and heart) with love, joy and laughter. Together, we will recount the compelling love story between you and your furkid that will be retold every time you, your friends and family marvel at your art pieces.

Your adventure will begin the moment you contact me, with each experience personalised to suit you and your pet’s exact needs and personalities. Our photo sessions are built on the belief that beautiful photographs come naturally when people and their furkids are relaxed and having fun. If you are ready for us to capture some of the happiest memories of your furkid, contact us now to schedule a meet and greet session.

Contact Details

Phone: 0404 628 424
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: @furrymunchkins
Instagram: @furrymunchkinsphotography

Pet Friendly Cafes

There are several cafes that are pet friendly in Lane Cove.  Nibu Cafe has a large outdoor area where dogs are welcome and even get a doggie biscuit.

Unwined Espresso Bar has an outdoor area where there is a dog bowl waiting for your dog.

Bella Bacio Cafe in Lane Cove North has an outdoor area that is dog friendly.

There is also a special dog cafe at Blackman Park called Puppy Tail Cafe.  Where you can buy something for your dog and you.

Mr Doggy ITC at Nibu Cafe

Off Leash Parks


There are 17 Off Leash Areas for Dogs in the Lane Cove Council Area:

Bob Campbell Oval, Greenwich (on open playing field areas when organised games are not in progress) Newlands Park, St Leonards (not including playground area)
Kingsford Smith Oval, Longueville (on open playing field areas when organised games are not in progress) Gamma Road Reserve, Lane Cove (adjacent to Lane Cove Golf Course)
Ronald Park, Greenwich Burns Bay Reserve, Riverview (open playing field areas only when organised games are not in progress, not including playground area)
Pottery Green, Lane Cove (on open playing field areas when organised games are not in progress, not including playground area) Helen Street Reserve, Lane Cove (not including playground area)
Tambourine Bay Reserve, Riverview (except bushland areas, not including playground area) Ludowici Reserve, Lane Cove West (just near Best Street Lane Cove)
Blackman Park, Lane Cove West (on open grass playing field areas when organised games are not in progress) Shell Park, Greenwich
Stringybark Reserve, Lane Cove (open playing field areas only, not including playground area) Manns Point Park, Greenwich
Tantallon Oval, Lane Cove West (open playing field areas only when organised games are not in progress) Turrumburra Park, Lane Cove (fully fenced Off-leash Dog Park)
Cunninghams Reach, Linley Point (not including playground area) Blenheim Park, Blenheim Rd, North Ryde
Lloyd Rees Reserve, Northwood (not including playground area)


Mr Doggy ITC enjoying Bob Campbell Oval

Blackman Park Dog Fully Enclosed Dog Exercise Area

In 2019 a new off-leash dog park was officially opened at Blackman Park Lane Cove. The fenced area provides additional off-leash exercise space and includes water, shade, seating and agility equipment for dogs of all sizes. Off-leash use of the ovals B3 and B4 remain when sporting activities are not in progress.

Lost and Found Pets

Lost Pet

If you have lost a pet the first thing to do is to contact all the local vets to see if your pet has been handed in.

Losing a pet is a traumatic experience for you, your family and your pet. Creating a profile on the NSW Pet Registry offers the best chance for your pet to be returned to you.

If you already have a profile, log on and make sure your contact details are up to date.

The Lost and Found Registry function allow members of the public to advise a pet owner they have found their pet via a secure message.

Most pets go missing when there are fireworks, a big storm or you have people working on your house and they forget to shut the gate.  This is the time you must be vigilant.

Finding a Pet

If you find a pet then you should take the pet to the nearest Vet to ask them to read the microchip.

If there are no details on the microchip contact In the Cove and we will put a call out for the owner.  Please provide a picture and details of where the pet has been lost.


Renting with a Pet

Trying to find a rental property with a pet can be tricky. The rental market can be competitive and having a pet doesn’t always help. It’s best to provide as much information about your pet as possible. In the Cove has created an In the Cove – Pet Resume Template for you. Sending a pet resume along with your rental application shows you are a committed pet owner, your pet is well looked after which means they are less likely to be noisy, smelly or destructive.

Another tip is to offer a slightly higher rental price, the owner may not be interested in a pet living in their property but sometimes a bit extra rent can help ease any fears of losing money as a result of pet-related damage

In the Cove – Pet Resume Template

ITC has been informed of a few pet-friendly apartment blocks and we have listed them below. Of course the individual owner will still need to approve you having a pet even if the block is pet friendly (if we missed any, let us know).

  • Battique. 50 Gordon Crescent, Lane Cove NSW 2066
  • The Arise Meriton building on Epping Road
  • Emerant Lane. 288 Burns Bay Road Lane Cove
  • Aurora. 3-9 Finlayson Street Lane Cove
  • Auralia. 1 Nield Ave Greenwich
  • Lane Cove North Estate. 710 Mowbray Road West Lane Cove
  • Aston Apartments. 600-606 Mowbray Road, Lane Cove North
  • Sutton Gardens 8 Murray Street Lane Cove North
  • Infinity Cove 2 Burley Street Lane Cove North
  • 1B Innes Road Greenwich
  • 17 Finlayson St, Lane Cove
  • Verona building at 634 Mowbray Rd, Lane Cove North
  • Verona North building at 536 Mowbray Rd Lane Cove North
  • The Atrium 5-7 Birdwood Avenue
  • 14-18 Finlayson St Lane Cove
  • Sevana Complex, 7-13 Centennial Avenue, Lane Cove North
  • 2 Murray Street, Lane Cove North
  • 5-7 Murray Street Lane Cove North

Pets and Apartment Living


You may have recently seen publicity about Pets Owners and Apartment Living.  Apartments built before the early 2000s are most likely to include a blanket ban on pets in apartments for owners and occupiers (ie renters).  A recent court case held that this by-law was harsh and unconscionable.  This decision does not mean all apartments are required to permit owners to keep pets or that owners corporation have no say about pets in their apartments.

For apartment owners, this decision provides them with a gateway to having a pet in apartments that previously had a blanket ban.  The owners corporations will no longer be able to unreasonably withhold their consent.

But don’t get too excited, the NSW State government needs to put in place an amendment to strata legislation that will provide certainty on the issue of pets and apartment owners.  If a building is not currently pet-friendly it is unlikely that the owners corporation will agree to pets without putting in detailed and restrictive rules.  It would then be up to the pet owner to argue before a tribunal that the rules were harsh and unconscionable.  This could be a long process.

In 2016, new model by-laws were introduced that provide owners corporations with options to control whether pets are allowed, and on what terms. For example, the owners corporation may choose to have a by-law which:

  • allows owners to keep a pet and simply provide 14 days notice from when the pet has started living on the lot owner’s property or
  • allows a pet with the written permission of the owners corporation and the owners corporation cannot unreasonably refuse permission. If they do refuse, they must give the owner written reasons outlining why the pet is not being permitted.

In all cases, the owner must still supervise their pet, clean any common property that is soiled, and ensure their pet is not noisy or negatively impacting on other residents.

Before buying an apartment check out the bylaws and see what you need to do.  If a pet is allowed with the permission of the owners corporation, make it easier for the owners corporation to consent to the pet by filling out the Pet Resume we have for renters and obtain referrals.

If the owners corporation refuses consent and give reasons, and you are not satisfied with the outcome then you may want to go through a mediation process.  Details on how to do this are here. 

Pet Friendly Retirement Villages Lane Cove


The following retirement villages state they are pet free:

Local Safety Tips


  • Toxic Puffer Fish Poisoning – further info here;
  • Safety Tips for Pets during the Christmas Holidays – further info here; and
  • Why Lane Cove Dogs Should Be Vaccinated Against Leptospirosis – further information here.

Barking Dogs


All local councils have statutory powers to deal with barking dogs. Under the Companion Animals Act 1998, a council officer can issue a nuisance order to the owner declaring the dog a nuisance if it barks or makes another noise that keeps occurring or continues to such a degree that it unreasonably disturbs neighbours.

For example, if you complain about a noisy dog, the council officer can investigate to substantiate your complaint. This may include collecting evidence such as written statements from neighbours, asking you to keep a diary of when the noise occurs, and visiting the property where the dog is kept (check with your council about what evidence is required).

If the complaint is substantiated, the officer can issue a nuisance order. Before doing so, the owner of the dog must be given prior notice of the officer’s intention to issue a nuisance order. The notice must specify what aspects of the dog’s behaviour need to change to prevent the disturbance from continuing. It must also inform the owner of their right to object to the proposed order, and that the objection must be in writing and submitted within 7 days of the notice being issued. If an objection is received, the officer must then consider whether it is appropriate to issue the order. Once an order is issued, it remains in force for six months and cannot be appealed against.

If the owner does not comply with the order, the offender is liable for a fine of up to $880 for the first offence and $1650 for the second and each subsequent offence.

To report a barking dog call 9911 3555 or by fill out this online form.


Aggressive or Dogs That Attack


To find out how what to do if you are worried about an aggressive dog click here.


Prowling Cats


There is no law that states you have to keep your cat indoors. However, local councils encourage owners to keep your cat indoors at night, as there are benefits to both the cat and the community.

Yowling and fighting is more of a problem at night. The noise is likely to be intrusive and may keep your neighbours awake. Keeping your cat indoors at night is recommended in the interests of both your cat’s safety and community harmony.

Many kinds of native wildlife are more active or more vulnerable to hunting at night. According to the Office of Local Government there is evidence that cats hunt more during the night. By keeping your cat indoors, you can help reduce the number of native birds and animals that are killed in your area.

Authorised council officers can issue nuisance orders to cat owners in certain circumstances.

The Office of Local Government is supporting councils and cat owners to better manage cats through improved public education and targeted compliance action. A comprehensive package of Good Neighbour resources was released by the Cat Protection Society of NSW, with the support of the NSW Government, councils and other stakeholders.

The Good Neighbour Project is designed to support cat owners to provide the best feline welfare and wellbeing outcomes for their cats at the same time as minimising the impact of cat ownership on the local community.

Advertise with In the Cove

If you have a pet business that services Lane Cove and you would like to be advertised in this guide, email us.  This guide will be on the front page of our web site and will be published on Facebook several times a year.

Thank you to all the local suppliers mentioned above – without their support we could not support local charities, community groups, sporting groups and provide free local job listing and advocacy work without our advertisers.  The information above has been supplied by the supplier listed and not by ITC.  The above suppliers are either ITC Business Supporters with an annual advertising plan or have paid to be specifically in this guide.