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bites “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” Agnes Sligh Turnbull

Register now for Australia’s premier pet industry trade show

Spots are the new black this October! Happy Tails Day is your chance to ‘get behind’ a great cause and help raise funds for the RSPCA! Buy your furry black and white spotted tail from Big W, Bendigo Bank, Peter Alexander, Lush or online at and wear it on Friday 5 October to show you care about protecting animals from cruelty. Spotty ears, badges, magnets, pen and toothbrushes are also available to sell in your workplace or local community. If you are in the pet industry be sure to attend this year’s national trade show. PetExpo will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre from 5 to 6 October and is open to all people working in the pet industry. Groomers, retailers, boarders, service providers, vets, those who supply the industry and those who import and manufacture, are all encouraged to attend this one-stop opportunity to see the latest trends, compare products, place orders at great prices, increase product knowledge and catch up with all the industry news. All the leading pet trade suppliers from around the country will have their products on display. Come and meet with your current suppliers and chat to new ones entering the market. You can also vote for the best new product of the year from the huge new product showcase. The event features a free pet care forum focusing on the year in review, the Pet Industry Association of Australia’s annual general meeting, and grooming competitions with great prizes for participants. The annual gala dinner and awards night will be held during the event. PetExpo will be open from noon to 9pm on Friday 5 October and 9am to 5pm on Saturday 6 October. Entry is free to PIAA members and their staff and $20 per person for non-members. Register by visiting or you can register on the day. For PetExpo updates visit the website or call 02 9659 9802. PetExpo is not open to the public.

Did you know? The cat’s ear contains almost thirty muscles, whereas the human ear scarcely has half a dozen.

For more information, or to tell your ‘happy tale’ about how animals have influenced your life, visit or email

More than 1220 dog lovers sign up to DoggyMates DoggyMates, the site for dogs and people who love dogs, has signed up more than 1220 members. The Australia-wide online service uses postcodes to list people who wish to find a friend for their dog. It brings together dog lovers who live near each other and are prepared to help each other out by looking after one another’s dogs through doggy day care, dog walking or dog minding. DoggyMates is a good way for your dog to have a familiar friend to play with; this stimulates them and contributes to their wellbeing especially if they are the sole dog at home. You will also find information on dog social events, sports and places where people can take their dogs.

With 1220 members and growing, DoggyMates is something to bark about! Visit

Australia and UK to cooperate on veterinary medicines regulations Two of the world’s major pesticide and veterinary medicine regulators, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority and the United Kingdom Veterinary Medicines Directorate, have signed an agreement which will allow information and expertise to be shared between the two countries, ensuring they are at the forefront of international best practice and adopt consistent approaches and timely responses to issues of mutual interest worldwide. The APVMA had signed similar agreements in the last three years with its counterpart regulators in Canada, the USA and New Zealand and mirrors an agreement reached with the UK Pesticides Safety Directorate in 2006.

Your Pet Magazine issue 10  

YPM issue 10 2007. Devoted to pets and their owners.