With more than 3,000 outlets across the country, there’s a vacuum cleaner to fit any budget.
And that means you have to choose wisely.
The Canadian Association of Pet Shops (CAPS) says you should choose a pet shop that has an emphasis on the pets and their needs.
They say, “A pet shop vacuum is not only the perfect tool for cleaning and pet care, but also an effective way to save money on the most important item of pet care: the food.
If your pet’s food is too expensive, you may not be able to feed them well, or at all.”
The CAPS also recommends choosing pet shops that offer low prices, and that don’t require you to pay extra for pet supplies.
“A good pet shop has a variety of products to choose from, so you’ll always have a choice of products that you can find at a reasonable price,” says CAPS spokesperson Katie Joly.
And you don’t have to wait until your next visit to shop for pet-friendly pet supplies at a pet store.
“There are thousands of pet stores across Canada, so it’s not as if there’s just one that offers pet-safe pet products, so there’s always a place to find pet-sanitary products,” says Joly, who adds that there are many pet stores that sell cat food, dog food, cat treats, cat toys, cat bedding, pet supplies, dog toys, pet shampoo, dog treats, dog collars, dog leashes, dog boots and more.
In a survey of 1,000 pet store owners in 2014, over half of respondents indicated they have purchased their pets’ food at a store where the food was tested positive for E. coli, according to the Pet Care Supply Association.
CAPS says the number of pet shops in Canada has doubled since 2000.
And the industry says that pet stores are the largest source of pet waste.
“Pet stores have a responsibility to ensure that their food is safe to eat, and the industry has a responsibility as well to ensure the quality of the products they are selling,” says César Casares, spokesperson for CAPS.
“So there is a need for responsible pet stores to make the right choices for pet owners.”
Check out the video below to see how to find a pet supply shop that meets your pet needs.