We visited Pet Expo Wellington recently and it was terrific. We were impressed with the range of products, and suppliers who had gathered to show us the best for our pets. The layout was expansive with plenty of room for visitors to wander.

If you have never been to a pet expo, we would describe it as a place where pet lovers meet pets, like-minded aficionados, and fantastic pet suppliers, and everyone goes away happy! Visitors speak to experts, they get advice, see the latest in pet foods and buy the latest products at ‘show special’ prices.

There were visiting alpacas, pedigree cats and dogs, exquisite pet artists, raw food specialists, homeopathy, and formal pedigree breed societies. It was a quality show, so join us for a brief report.

Pet Expo Wellington sureflap
SureFlap, and SureFeed looking their best at Pet Expo, Wellington

Meeting Friends at Pet Expo Wellington

We were delighted to catch up with our friends from Sure Flap. Dusty reviewed their feeder and loves it, so we were pleased to give them an update and a “four paws up” vote from Dusty.

We also said hello to the Jimbo’s people. Jimbo’s is one of very few raw foods available in supermarkets and we will need to update our review as we have some of the frozen raw to report on! We loved the Jimbo’s stand, it was impressive and the staff were well informed.

Jimbo’s – feeding cats and dogs good raw food is their focus.

Pet Expo Discoveries

We will be reporting and reviewing our food discoveries over the next two weeks. The trend for high quality cat food is on the rise and Canada, and New Zealand have products of the best quality to compete on the world pet stage. Keep an eye out for our review posts.

Pet Expo Wellington go-food
Dad checking out what Canada and New Zealand can do!

Pet First Aid at the Pet Expo

One thing that really caught mum’s imagination was the Pet First Aid course you can undertake here in New Zealand. We know these are available in the USA, so to seeing one here was exciting. They also have a series of downloadable fact sheets on pets and poisons, and fish first aid. Check the free sheets here……

Pet Expo Wellington pet-first-aid
PET FIRST AID – guiding New Zealand pet owners to better help their fur family

Pet First Aid runs courses to help you, the pet owner, develop a range of skills to assist pets in an emergency, and to work with dogs. Knowing how to recognise poisoning, hypothermia, perform CPR and a host of other skills are part of the first aid course. This would give you a confident start when you might be faced with an emergency.

Can you see the value of this to anyone who is involved with animals!? Wow!!! Rescue volunteers, families with multi-pet households; feral volunteers like our local Outpawed.  The whole idea is positive and exciting giving ordinary people the skills to respond in an emergency and get a pet safely to skilled veterinary care!  

One Final Pet Expo Wellington Discovery

Our local council Hutt City, has an Animal Services department that works with the animal issues in the community it serves. We picked up a really outstanding leaflet from them we will share snippets of next week.  It was about being safe around dogs, and it was written for youngsters. We were impressed.

Local authority animal care worldwide ranges from the decently managed to the catastrophic. [Animal lovers in Antioch CA (USA) are currently dealing a shelter that does not handle its animal well.] So finding our local authority was taking steps to enhance knowledge about kids and dogs was encouraging.

We had a lot of fun at the Pet Expo Wellington!

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  1. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    November 8, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Mom L is wanting to make it to a pet expo in 2017. Paws crossed she finds one she can get to without spending a ton of green papers


  2. Kitties Blue

    November 7, 2016 at 5:56 am

    The closest I’ve been to a Pet Expo is the BlogPaws Conference. Our area is just too small. Maybe I’ll get lucky and get to go to one in another area. I need to learn Pet First Aid. I need to see if that is offered around here. XO, Janet


  3. Noodle

    November 6, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Great report!
    That looks like a super event.
    Have a wonderful weekend…

    Noodle and crew


  4. erin the Cat (Princess)

    November 5, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    HI, sorry I’m late, but boy am I glad to have read this review. Sounds like this was an awesome day out, and so informative. Why do we not have this sort of thing in UK, or if we do why isn’t publicised?!
    purrs ERin


  5. Cathy Armato

    November 4, 2016 at 4:56 am

    We love pet festivals! Most of them here are pet friendly as well so it’s a fun fur-family outing. It’s great that there was a pet first aid booth there, I’ve never seen one of those at the ones we go to but it would be great. Thanks for sharing! I look forward to learning more about some of the products you found there.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them


  6. Flynn

    November 4, 2016 at 3:15 am

    That looked like a really great event. Lots to see and to learn about.


  7. The Swiss Cats

    November 3, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    That sounds like a pawsome event ! We would love to find something similar to Pet First Aid here. Purrs


  8. Tenacious Little Terrier

    November 3, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Pet expos are fun especially when there’s new things I haven’t heard about. Mr. N is very interested in the tripe and raw food!


  9. FiveSibesMom

    November 3, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Looks like a fab event! While I have produced many expos in the educational arena, and enjoyed them immensely,I have net yet had the pleasure of attending a pet one. I hope to one day in the future as I think it would be (p)awesome! Thanks for sharing!


  10. Ruth Epstein

    November 3, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Looks like a fantastic Expo, I love going to them and exploring what is new 🙂


  11. Dusty Desert Dogs

    November 3, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Looks like a great time!!! I love going to pet expos!


  12. Beth Patterson

    November 3, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    I’ve never been to a Pet Expo, but it looks like it would be very interesting!


  13. mommakatandherbearcat

    November 3, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Lots of new and interesting products!


  14. Kim

    November 3, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Wow that looks like such a great event. Hope you got some good stuff


  15. Sweet Purrfections

    November 3, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I loved going to the Global Pet Expo in the states last year. There is so much out there for pets.


  16. Sadie

    November 3, 2016 at 10:38 am

    That looks like an incredible venue. Thank you for sharing your experience.


  17. Brian

    November 3, 2016 at 8:29 am

    That was a terrific report and sounds like a fun time!


  18. Rebecca at MattieDog

    November 3, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Nutripe – we’ve wanted to try that! I’ve always wanted to attend this expo, perhaps next year! The first aid exhibit looks like a truly informative and helpful one – we would have enjoyed it!


  19. Tonya Wilhelm

    November 3, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Love pet expos! I will be presenting 3 workshops next week at the Novi MI pet expo, then two more expos in January and February so far. It’s a ton of work, but it”s so much fun to visit with folks and meet friends and make new ones. Great article.


  20. Christine Caplan

    November 3, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Oh it’s so cool there was a pet first aid course at the Expo! That’s such a good idea for expo organizers and should be implemented more often since we all go! There are some products you reviewed that I’m not familiar with here so I’ll check them out.


  21. Kelsie | It's Dog or Nothing

    November 3, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Oh, I love that there was a pet first aid course! I’ve been meaning to look for one in my area. I’ve read a lot online about pet first aid, but I would really like the physical training.


  22. Amy Shojai

    November 3, 2016 at 4:09 am

    I love attending pet expos, and always learn a lot. Great to see what new things are available.


  23. Nichole

    November 3, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Sure looks like a great event! Thanks for telling us about it!


  24. Hindy Pearson

    November 3, 2016 at 2:42 am

    Sounds like a great event, I always seem to be somewhere else when a pet expo is in town. As a Canadian I’m proud they’re (we’re?) producing some great quality food.


  25. Lola The Rescued Cat

    November 3, 2016 at 2:24 am

    Your pet expo was great! There is one this weekend and Mommy may go. She didn’t find out in time to sign up for space to do a book signing.


  26. Joely Smith

    November 3, 2016 at 1:04 am

    That looks like a lot of fun and a great way to get informed! I need to look and see if we have any pet expos coming to our area in the future!


  27. Summer

    November 2, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    This sounds like it was a really awesome pet expo!


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