Pet Expo Wellington Report 2016

Pet Expo Wellington Report 2016

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.

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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.

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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……

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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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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