First animal treatment conference to be held at Pet Expo 2016 this weekend

Participants with their dogs at a dog-grooming competition at the Pet Expo on 20 March 2015.
Participants with their dogs at a dog-grooming competition at the Pet Expo on 20 March 2015.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - A panel of ten pet care experts, including veterinarians, will hold a conference this weekend (March 25 to 27) to educate pet owners on treatments for their pets.

These treatments include physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, and veterinary acupuncture.

There will also be a lecture on nutrition in pets, including the health impact of feeding pets with processed food.

It is the first time such a conference has been organised in Singapore, and will take place at the annual Pet Expo, which is into its third year here.

"We will tell pet owners about therapies and the situations they can be applied in...this will help owners to know what they can ask of the vet," said conference organiser, Dr Jean-Paul Ly, a panellist and veterinary physician of 43 years.

The Pet Expo, which is held at the Singapore Expo, has enjoyed increasing attendance over the past three years, in line with the overall increase in pets here.

The number of pets here is projected to reach 824,300 in 2016, up from 816,115 in 2014, according to statistics from Euromonitor International, a market research company.

Other new features at the expo include a seminar by cat behaviourist Mr Jackson Galaxy - host of the show 'My Cat From Hell' on Animal Planet - as well as dog races and a 'biggest hamster' competition.

In addition, Jurong Bird Park will be hold a bird care seminar to teach owners to care for their pet birds, while the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore will hold an adoption drive for at least 30 dogs, cats and rabbits.

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