31 Oct Everything You Need to Know About The Pet Show Sydney
Australia’s first national pet show launches in Sydney this weekend. Learn the ins and outs of pet parenthood and join in on a range of tail-wagging activities at The Pet Show this year.
The Pet Show is Australia’s first national all-inclusive pet show that’s taking over Sydney for the first time on Saturday, 5th November, and Sunday, 6th November, from 9 am – 4 pm. Over two jam-packed days, pet parents can spend the day immersing themselves in the world of pet ownership and stocking up on the latest pet goodies. So, go on, grab your ticket, and don’t miss out on this tail-wagging event! Part of the ticket proceeds will go towards supporting the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home.
A range of celebrity vets will be taking the stage to share their wealth of knowledge. You’ll be hearing from the head vet on Channel 9’s Bondi Vet, Dr Kate Adams, the regular vet on the Today Show, Dr Katrina Warren and applied animal behaviourist and media spokesperson, Dr Kate Mornement.
Despite catering for all types of pets, this event is strictly for two-legged humans only. But don’t worry; you’ll be able to bring back a gift (or two) from their massive lineup of exhibitors, including 4petsproducts Australia, Little Locker, Majestic Aquariums, PetStock Retail, and more!
Don’t live in Sydney? Stay tuned, as The Pet Show is set to land in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide on different dates next year.
With dedicated areas for each type of pet, read on to find out what you can expect in each town and how to make the most of your day!
Get the Pooch Lowdown at Dog Town
Thinking about welcoming a four-legged member into your home? You’re in luck! At Dog Town, you’ll be able to speak with various rescue groups and pat and bond with loads of dogs in need of a fur-ever home. Chat with the team from Dog NSW Breeders and learn about the characteristics of each dog breed to find the paw-fect fit for you.
Grooming time is not every dog’s favourite time, but Refursh Groom Town is here to help! At this town, you’ll learn the top tips and tricks to not only keeping your furbaby looking fresh but also how to keep them happy in the process!
After all that, you’re bound to have worked up an appetite. Stop by the Dog Diner and recharge your battery with various food and beverage options that are available at The Pet Show Sydney.
Pat Purr-fect Felines at Cat Town
Calling all judges! Now’s your chance to join the judging of Cats NSW Cat Show on Saturday, 5th November. However, if you’re not a fan of the limelight, there are still plenty of other activities for you to do at Cat Town. Chat with rescue groups about cat adoption and cuddle with felines while you find out more information about the different types of cat breeds. Rest your legs afterwards with some refreshments from the Cat’s Cafe.
Expand your knowledge by attending professional talks at the Cat Town Main Stage. Plan your day in advance by downloading The Pet Show’s schedule here.
Fill Up Your Knowledge Tank at Fish Town
Visit Dymax Fish Town to learn more about aquariums, aquascaping and purchase some fantastic products for your scaly buddy. You’ll be mesmerised as you stroll through the mini aquarium and be inspired to revamp your fish’s tank.
Don’t forget to book yourself into an Aquascaping Workshop – it’s free and can be added to your ticket during checkout!
Interact With Scaly Friends at Small Town
Get up close and personal in the Scales and Tails Touch Zone. Interact with lizards, insects, snakes, turtles and frogs! Sit in on a range of talks at the Small Town Stage hosted by Ben Dessen, TV Presenter at Studio 10 and author of the ultimate pet handbook. Afterwards, you can cure your stomach rumbles at the Lizard Lounge.
Become a Vet for a Day at Kid Town
There’s nothing short of fun and exciting activities for children to partake in at The Pet Show’s Kid Town! Transform into a cat, dog, lizard or fish with pet-themed face painting or get the creative juices flowing with bingo craft activities. But that’s not all! Take your child on an adventure with the Pet Pack Treasure Hunt. Follow the map to collect your goodies and participate in specially marked stands across all the towns!
Your child can experience what it’s like to be a vet for a day with the Future Vet Kids Camp. They’ll get to dress up in professional gear for surgery and touch real-life veterinary surgical equipment.
There are two workshop sessions your child can enrol in, depending on their age:
Workshop Session 7-11 years old (60 mins)
During this session, children will learn about basic first aid and assess what’s normal in pets. Instructors will cover the basic signs and symptoms to look out for to determine if the pet requires veterinarian help.
Workshop Session 12-15 years old (60 mins)
Instructors will showcase how to perform a proper medical check from head to paw. Throughout the workshop, they’ll learn about pet abnormalities and understand the signs that could indicate their pet is unwell.
See the Tricks of the Trade at the Dog Arena
Led by Dr Katrina Warren and renowned dog trainer Kelly Gill and a team of highly trained Border Collies, the Dog Arena is where you’ll dive into the world of agility training, dances with dogs, scent work and other fun-filled things to do. You can expect demonstrations from Dogs NSW K9, Agility Dog Club of NSW, Dogs NSW Agility, and more. For the complete list and times, download the program.
Looking for other fun activities to do with your pet in Sydney? Check out our list of 11 dog-friendly cafes in Sydney.