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Shopping for Pups Abroad

Many of us travel for a variety of reasons! For holiday, to visit family, attend a wedding, for work…

If you’re like me then all you can think of while you’re abroad is the furry ones you’ve left behind! And because of that, I always make it a point to visit pet shops in hopes of bringing home new toys, yummy treats and other interesting fun stuff for the pups! (Yes there’s a bit of guilt there)

This here is basically a review of pet shops that friends and I have visited over the years from various countries. Hopefully this will help you get some great stuff for your pets on your travels!

But first! The RULES.

What and how much can you bring back from overseas? 

The Agri-food and Veterinary Association of Singapore (AVA) allows travellers (as of December 2013) to bring 5kg of wet pet food and 20kg of dry pet food per person into the country! This applies to all kinds of pet food, whether or not with meat in them, from all countries!

More details here at AVA’s website.

If you’re a raw feeder, you may also want to check out how to bring in frozen raw meat for pet consumption only (from specialty raw shops) over here (scroll down).

The List

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Melbourne (Victoria)

Hopper’s Crossing (Victoria, outside of Melbourne)

33-39 Heaths Road, Hoppers Crossing, VIC 3029
T (03) 9748 5377 F (03) 9748 6377
Monday – Wednesday: 9am – 5:30pm; Thursday – Friday: 9am – 6pm; Saturday: 9am – 5pm; Sunday & Public Holidays: 10am – 5pm
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“dog” in French = “les chien”

Paris

Animalis

Animalerie Paris Bercy –
75012 Paris

Monday – Sunday: 11am – 9pm
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“dog” in German = “hunde”

Frankfurt

Das Futterhaus

Borsigallee 27
60388 Frankfurt am Main

Zoo Mai

Stiftstraße 16
60313 Frankfurt

Monday – Friday: 10am – 7:30pm; Saturday: 10am – 6pm

A small pet shop in the heart of the city (very convenient! No need to drive out!) selling a decent selection of treats and chews, and some toys.

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Auckland

Raw Essentials

Raw Essentials239 Archers Road
Glenfield (Behind The Big Pak’n’Save)

Monday – Friday: 9am – 6pm; Saturday: 9am – 5pm; Sunday: 10am – 4pm

A raw feeder’s paradise! Not a huge shop, but they have plenty of variety in meats that we don’t get here in Singapore! Possum, hare, wallaby, alpaca, rabbit, goat, venison, lamb, beef, chicken (free range ones of course!) in various cuts, and including green tripe! They even sell minced mixes (mix of 2 proteins with tripe for example) cut into big cubes. All are frozen and sealed (not quite vacuum sealed because there is still some air in some packets). They also have raw feeding brochures (free to take) and books!

There are other Raw Essentials stores around North Island but this area has got other pet shops you can visit!

Four Seasons

photo 13 Barry’s Point Road
Takapuna, Auckland

Monday – Friday: 9am – 6:30pm; Saturday: 9am – 5:30pm; Sunday: 10am – 5:30pm

A huge store full of food, treats, beds and toys for dogs, cats, gerbils, fish, etc! There are rows and rows of toys of all kinds, from squeaky, to cuddly, to real tough for strong chewers. The leashes and collars are quite plain, but still alot to choose from. There is an entire section on chews and treats from bully sticks, to dried venison tendons, to dried pig’s noses and ears! There is also a good range of grooming products and health supplements!

There is one other Four Seasons store in North Island but this one in this area has got other pet shops nearby!

Carnivoro

CarnivoroFox Outlet Centre
3 Akoranga Drive
Northcote, Auckland

Monday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Carnivoro is like Raw Essentials but much much smaller. They do however have horse meat, pilchard, kangeroo, goat, venison, beef, possum, hare and mixed protein minces. The person manning the store was also very nice and would let you know if a particular meat has a very strong taste that some dogs may not like, and even gave us a few small portions of mixed protein mince to try! The items are all vacuum sealed properly.

Animates

AnimatesCorner Porana Road & Cherry Lane
Glenfield, North Shore, Auckland

Monday to Wednesday: 8am – 6pm; Thursday: 8am – 7pm; Friday: 8am – 6pm; Saturday: 8am – 5.30pm; Sunday & Public Holidays: 9am – 5.30pm

Another large pet shop, but not as big as Four Seasons. Still, lots of treats, toys, food, bedding and grooming items.

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Bangkok

Shamu Shamu
722/31 Charoenrath rd,
Toongwatdorn, Sathorn,
Bangkok 10120

Mondays to Saturdays: 9am – 7pm; Sundays: 11am – 7pm

A small petshop (can’t walk there from Sathorn station – you will need to cab or drive). Limited selection of items but you can find a number of JW Pet toys, Chris Christensen and some doggy clothes. Go only if you absolutely must get something for your dog (like I had to).

Siam Paragon (within Gourmet Market)

991 Siam Paragon Shopping Center
Rama 1 Rd., Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Ground level

There is a small little corner at the back of the supermarket selling pet stuff. Limited selection.

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London
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Los Angeles

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