At all Canadian Pet Expo events, we encourage families and individuals to bring their pets to the event! It's great for social interraction for many pets, and is a fantastic bonding experience for you!
Our expos can be crowded, and sometimes overwhelming for pets. You know your pet the best, and should judge if it's a suitable environment. If not, please attend, and judge for the next time....and pick up a treat or two for your arrival back home!
Only bring your pet along if it is well-behaved, non-aggressive and doesn't get stressed out in crowded, stimulating and noisy situations. There are all kinds of other animals, small children, wheelchairs and lots of people at the event. Your pet will be exposed to dogs barking, people speaking loudly on microphones, crowds clapping and attendees cheering. You know your pet best, so please use your best judgment to make sure that your pet will enjoy the expo just as much as you will.
While we have a number of staff members who are always carefully watching the crowds and pets to ensure everyone stays safe, we ask that you review safe dog (and all pets, for that matter) greeting behaviors with your children before attending the show.
Bring cash. There are many opportunities for shopping and donations here and some rescue groups may not accept credit cards. There is an ATM on site as well.
There will be a pet waiver station at the entrance, but if you bring the form below, filled out, and ready to go....your entrance to the show will be quicker!
This a large event. If you have a pet breed with you that can't tolerate this kind of exertion, (for example, English Bulldogs), please plan to bring a stroller or wagon for them. While the event is indoors and air-conditioned, it's a lot of exercise for breeds that don't handle heat or exercise well.
Many exhibitors offer some sort of treat for pets. If your pet has a sensitive stomach or is super excited, you may want to consider allowing your pet one or two treats and then allowing her/him to enjoy the rest at home.
If you have a small or tiny dog, you may want to be prepared to either carry it or have a stroller available. There are so many large and super large dogs at the expos that some small pet owners feel overwhelmed and their little fur-babies may unintentionally get stepped on.