PETEX India, India's largest gathering of Pet Industry Professionals and Pet Parents to kicked at Hitex on Friday, It will be open for three days till 29th January.
Moving away from the routine, the Dogs opened the show. Mr. Srikanth T.G, Business Head, HITEX; Mr. C.V Sudarshan, Secretary, The Kennel Club of India; Mr. Matthew Prakash Butt, Founder Member HCC Dr. Praveen, President of The Hyderabad Canine Club, Mr.Philip Butt, Honorary Secretary,; The Hyderabad Canine Club; Mr. Salil Murthy, General Manafer, Pet Nutrition, Mars Intl India graced the inaugural function.
It is being organized by Hitex in association with The Hyderabad Canine Club (HCC). Petex India 2023 will be in support of Mars International India Private Limited, Felica, Plush Puppy, Exotica, Wag, Buddy's Bowl, Bajaj Allianz, Vets on Cloud, Goodboy Kitchen, Odo- Rite, Augie, Commando Kennels and Ammu Kennels
Over 20,000 visitors are expected to visit over the three days of the fair. It is a must-attend event for Pets and Pet Enthusiasts. It is being held after a gap of two years due to Corona. The entry to the show is through tickets. The entry fee for adults is Rs 300/- and for Kids Rs 150/-
Some of the highlights are third International dog show – HyCan’23 which is showcasing over 500 dogs belonging to 50 different breeds that will be judged by eight international judges from Spain, India, Australia, South Africa, Austria & Sweden. It will be the biggest show in India.
The Indian Cat Federation is holding the International Cat Show. This is a unique show. It features 120+ cats that will be judged by two International Judges from Turkey & Latvia. One such rare breed that will be on display is Toyger. Its price is Rs 8 to 10 lakhs. There are only 3 such cats in India. Did you know that Toyger cats were developed to raise awareness about the decline of tigers in the wild? Toygers are a breed of domestic cat that has been bred to look and move like a tiger, but to be friendly and loyal like a tiny dog. Only 400 Toyger Cats are said to be existing in the world. The toyger is still a relatively rare cat breed.
Another unique event was Yoga amidst puppies. People seen doing Yoga classes with Indian-breed puppies around them.
Dogathon, a mini-marathon for pet dogs with their parents will also be held. It is a mini-run in which the pet parents will make their pets run/walk like how humans run/walk in a marathon, but with the involvement of our pet dogs.
A unique competition, the Grooming of dogs will be held tomorrow. Called HyCanGroomania Groomers from across the country would be showcasing their grooming skills on model or live dogs of different breeds which would be judged by a renowned Australian Grooming Expert James Bennett.
An exclusive veterinary scientific conference for pets was organized. Over 80 Veterinarians from across Telangana and neighbouring states participated in it.
HyMag was unveiled during the inaugural. A trophy in the remembrance of its past president Dr Subash, who is no more was also launched.
There were several stall for pet clinic, grooming, cloud kitchens serving cooked food to Dogs, Pet Boarding, Pet Cakes, Dog walking service, Pet Resorts, Dog Games, Anmagic, an excusive Social Media App for pets etc were found.
Responsible Pet Parenting is the only answer to avoid recurring freak incidents like the recent one which took place in the city where a food delivery boy jumped off the building to escape a dog and subsequently died say experts in Pet Industry
India has 2 crore adopted dogs. Pet adoption is exploding. The Govt should come out with a policy on Pet Care or Companion Animals. TG Srikanth, Business Head, Hitex.
Mr. TG Srikanth, Business Head of Hitex, who is organizing Petex, India’s largest Pet Industry expo said, post-pandemic lot of people were crazy about adopting pet dogs, not knowing much about their care etc. What we need is more awareness.
Having pets at home has existed from time immemorial. But we have seen a rapid increase in pet adoption during the past decade. And this further increased during the recent pandemic.. It is now estimated that there are over 2 crore adopted dogs in India. And the adoption of cats is catching up fast. It is estimated that 20% of pet parents adopt cats. The reasons for this adoption are cited to be many. Ever increasing size of the middle-income group and their capability to spend, increase in the micronuclear families where pets have become the most sought-after companions and for the same reason due to the loneliness humankind faced due to the restrictions during the pandemic.
The way we live has changed and along with us our pets have moved. They are no longer viewed as animals who hang around the backyard. We now get to hear things like “pet parents”, “humanization of pets” etc., Consequence of all these developments is the explosion of the pet care industry. With an estimated size of about 8000 to 10,000 crores in India and growing at a pace of 14% annually, India is among the fastest growing pet care industries across the globe, he added
Multiple sectors have opened up due to this rapid growth. The pet food industry leads with over 80% of the market and others that are catching up fast are Grooming, Health care, Accessories, Toys, and Cafes. To address these issues, 5 5th edition of Petex has come up with a 360-degree approach to the pet industry. We have successfully brought in representations from all these sectors. At the same time, we also appeal to the Government to come out with Pet Care Policy or Policy on Companion Animals.