Pet Stores and Boutiques
While there are some great places to buy pet supplies, more reliable stores have the following characteristics:
- Do not sell puppies/dog or kittens/cats (adoptable pets only)
- Knowledgeable staff.
- They sell a variety of products.
- Keep up-to-date on industry news, such as the recent pet food recall.
- They will special order a product for you.
Move on if:
- The staff doesn’t know anything about the products they’re selling and can’t answer your questions.
- The store doesn’t look clean.
- The store sells dogs and cats. A good boutique will sponsor adoption days, but if it’s selling large animals, walk away.
- The small animals for sale (such as hamsters, gerbils, reptiles, or fish) are kept in unsanitary conditions.
If you’d rather shop at home and take your time browsing, ask your favorite retailer if they have a website––chances are, you can get everything you need right from the comfort of your couch.
*A special thanks to our sources: Genenieve Thiers, founder and CEO of Sittercity, Amy Nichols owner of D.C.-based Dogtopia, Lou Kurtz, owner of Country Canine Cuts in Newton, Pennsylvania, and Jim Burwell, professional dog trainer and founder of Jim Burwell’s Petiquette in Houston, Texas.