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Pet Shops

If you are looking for a new friend for your home, or you need to buy supplies for your existing pets, you’ll need to visit a pet shop.  Pet shops are available in most suburbs and sell everything that you could ever need pet wise.

What are Pet Shops and Why Use Them?

A pet shop is a shop that is dedicated to carry different types of pets as well as everything that you pets need.  Pet shops can be found online (great for convenience) or as a physical store (ideal when you want to browse, or have questions).  As well, pet shops can be general in that they carry some of everything or they can specialise, such as aquarium shops.  To narrow it down even further, some pet shops will have animals, while some prefer to stock products only.

If you have a pet or are thinking of getting a pet, it is important to use a pet store. This is because they will be able to give you advice on what products your pets need to keep them happy, healthy and safe, or alternatively, advice on what pet will best suit your household and lifestyle.

What You Can Expect to Find in Pet Shops

All kinds of pets can be found in a pet shop including cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, fish, mice, rats, ferrets and so on.  These animals can be purebred or moggies/mutts.  Pet shops, as well as animals, also stock a huge range of supplies and accessories.  These include all types of food, food and water bowls, cages and carriers, litter and litter trays, scoops, clothing, pet beds, cat scratchers, pet treats, aquarium supplies, collars and leads, toys, shampoos, brushes, flea treatments, worming treatments and much more.

Choosing a Pet Shop

When you are choosing a pet shop, the most important thing is to make sure that it meets your needs. That is, it should stock a wide variety of products for the type of pet that you have.   This could mean going to a generalist pet store or having to go to a specialist pet shop.  Make sure the products stocked are of high quality.  You should be able to find a quality item no matter what your budget is. Also check the shop’s return policy if you find that your pet is allergic to a product or if it is just simply the wrong product.  Will they give you an exchange, a refund, or store credit if a product is found to be unsuitable?

If you are choosing to buy your pet from the pet shop, you need to make sure that the animal is healthy. That is, it should be alert, bright eyed, and have a shiny coat. Beware of any animals that look listless, overly skinny, or exhibit other signs of illness.  Sick animals should always be kept away from healthy ones. Also ensure that the pet shop keeps their animal in hygienic conditions. Cages and food and water bowls should be clean and the pets should have access to clean water and fresh food at all time.  Don’t forget to check the cost of your pet and what it includes.  Purebreds will generally cost more than moggies or mutts but you should always make sure that you are getting the appropriate registration or pedigree papers with your pet.  Ask if your pet has been vaccinated, wormed and microchipped. If they are not chipped, you will have to do this yourself at an additional cost (you may want to consider desexing at the same time).  Finally, check that the pet store gives you a health guarantee as well as a cooling off period. That way, if your new pet gets sick when you take it home, or it is not suitable for any reason, the pet shop will accept it back and give you back your money.

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