Out and about with your pet in Wahroonga, Turramurra and Thornleigh

Heather loves exploring the local area

Heather loves exploring the local area

We’re all about loving the local life at Fox Valley Animal Hospital. That’s why we’d like to take the opportunity to share some of our favourite pet friendly businesses in the local area.

Here in no particular order are the pet friendly places in Wahroonga, Turramurra and Thornleigh (and beyond)

Feel free to add your favourites in the comments below!

Pet Photography

There are some great pet photographers around and we’re proud to have one among our previous clients! Bronwyn is a long time fan of Fox Valley Animal Hospital. So much so some of our vet nurses have had her photograph their pet and our very own Hayley had her as a wedding photographer.

You can check out Bronwyn’s work via her website Pet Clix.


Dog friendly cafes

Looking for a lovely place for you, your Labrador and a latte? We’ve scoped out some of our favourites in the local area.

Turramurra has a place called Kiplins Garage. Dr Alex has a nose for great tapas and service and can often be found making use of the table outside with a dog friendly seating.

When in Gordon, Dr Alex swears by 2 Stews & Cockatoo. They also have a table outside with a lead hook for your dog as well as a great menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

On the border of Pennant Hills and Thornleigh is Java Lava café. Vet nurse Hayley and her faithful pooch Toby often spend time people watching over a cafe here.

And of course Dr Alex has Wahroonga all sewn up with Pasta Deli offering everything from sit down meals to quick, tasty takeaways.

And of course Chargrill Charlies Chickens, the place where we buy all our free range chooks from for the hospital patients as well as for our own chicken times.


Dog Parks

After a hearty meal or to walk off that nervous energy before a visit to Fox Valley Animal Hospital, there is a wide range of off-leash parks within the Ku-Ring-Gai council area. Turramurra, South Turramurra and North Turramurra all have great spaces for exercising your dogs.

Wahroonga boasts 3 parks, including Jubilee Oval, the home of the Fox Valley Animal Hospital Not Melbourne Cup fun day. Warrawee has a great public reserve, and vet nurse Hayley loves her local at Westleigh.

You can find the full list of off-leash areas in Wahroonga and surrounds via the Ku-Ring-Gai council’s website.  

Always make sure when using a public off-leash area you clean up after your pet. And follow the rules of good dog park etiquette when your pet is dealing with other dogs, children and adults.


Animal rescue centres

Fox Valley Animal Hospital stands behind the “adopt, don’t shop” ethos. Meaning we support adoption of pound pets wherever possible. Running our own cat and kitten rescue is one part of this important equation. Another is supporting wonderful rescue organisations in the area.

From pocket pets to pooches, Porsche’s Rescue is the place to find small animals seeking new, loving homes. We love this local organisation in Thornleigh and what they stand for, especially looking after the pets that often end up forgotten in the rescue mix such as rabbits, rats and guinea pigs.  They’ve helped us re-home stray rabbit and continue to fly the flag for the little guys.

Another place we adore is The Mini Kitty Commune. This local group are loyal clients so you’ll often see patient updates from MKC as Dr Alex and Dr Katie helps improve the health of rescues they take on. Their volunteers save animals, mainly cats, from death row at the pound. This is the place where cats and kittens get their second chance from a group that loves them. Mel the lady who runs MKC brings her own pets to us as well as the strays. She is in Wahroonga and we love having her as part of our Fox Valley Animal Hospital community.

Both these groups volunteer their time and effort to save the lives of animals. So if you are looking for a place for your next family pet or looking to contribute time and/or funds to a great animal cause, we highly recommend them.


Local Pre-School that’s pet friendly

Last but by no means least is  Larool Pre-School in Thornleigh. Larool has an active interest in educating small children about pets. So much so, our vet nurses have spoken at the school about animal care and about life at an animal hospital.

We love that they are taking practical action towards helping little kids understand family pets and pet care.


Pet love in Wahroonga, Turramurra and Thornleigh is all around

Obviously, we can’t include every single pet friendly business in the area. We’ve highlighted some of our favourite places and we encourage you to check out these great places in the Wahroonga and surrounding area.


But we’re always up for new suggestions on places for pet friendly activity, so tell us your picks now. From Hornsby to Gordon, Westleigh and Thornleigh to Warrawee and Turramurra, we’re always up for something fun to do with the four legged family members.


Share your favourite picks for the local area below! 

About the Author
Owner and Vet Alex Brittan, Vet Katie Syms and the team of Fox Valley Animal Hospital pride themselves on quality service. Fox Valley Animal Hospital is the one you choose for your family pet when the care your animal receives really matters.