It’s often said that a pet isn’t just an animal, but a member of the family. Both anecdotal and scientific evidence suggests that pets help their owners enjoy longer, healthier, happier lives. Of course, with the wonderful rewards of pet ownership comes great responsibility. The Internet is a useful source of advice and assistance to keep coats glistening and tails wagging—if you know where to look. We’ve herded some of the Web’s best pet-care resources into this guide so you can spend less time researching and more time with your animal.
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Our pets have not been neglected in the rise of online retail. Shopping on the Web for animal products has all the advantages—namely, convenience and discount prices—that we’ve come to expect from Internet stores. In this section, you’ll learn how to get food, toys, accessories, medication, carriers, and crates with the click of a mouse.
- If you are dealing with a breeder, get advice from him or her on recommended brands of products—especially nutritional and medical items. Someone with a lot of experience with your animal type and breed will know the specifics of your pet’s health needs.
- eBay.com has a great advice section on pet gear. Visit the guide for tips and find great deals on pet supplies online.
For food, toys, and accessories …
concentrates on natural and organic products for dogs, cats, and birds, and promises that every edible offered is healthy and nutritious. The layout of the pages is attractive and easy to navigate. Shoppers can get detailed nutritional information here, and user reviews are posted for each product.
provides a detailed write-up for food products and stocks a raft of grooming devices, toys, collars—all the necessary accoutrements of the modern household animal. The site also offers discounts on quality products, definitely making it worth a visit.
is the online outlet of the PETCO chain. It can be a handy site if you don’t want to lug a 25-pound bag of kibble from the store, or you’re trying to track down a must-have toy for your pet. The selection of food isn’t necessarily high-end, but you’ll find all the other accessories that your pet craves.
The Gilded Paw
is for the owner who thinks neglecting to use a conditioner when bathing an animal is tantamount to cruelty. The Gilded Paw offers outfits and accessories for cats and dogs, often themed for the holidays. Kitsch products aside, there are also mainstream goods of more general appeal for both cats and dogs, though no food or treats.
For medications …
is an online pharmacy that can be convenient for those who find it hard to get to the veterinary clinic. You may also find cheaper generic alternatives to the brands most readily available elsewhere. If a prescription is required for any medication that you order, then 1-800-PetMeds will contact your vet. Be aware, though, that not all vets will supply prescriptions this way, and you may not have the same legal coverage from the manufacturer.
For carriers and crates …
sells waterproof fabric carriers in a wide selection of sizes. These products are sold only online, but they come in larger sizes than any carrier you’re likely to find in a store. Read “Leaving on a Jet Plane
” if you’re planning to fly somewhere and thinking of taking a four-legged friend with you.
sells dog and cat carriers for animals of all sizes. In addition, you’ll find lots of other accessories, like beds, bowls, and feeders, along with toys, clothes, and featured top sellers.
Doctors Foster and Smith
is an online store that sells all kinds of pet supplies, including various sizes of U.S.-airline-approved crates. If your dog needs to travel in the hold of a plane, you’re sure to find a crate to suit it.
has one of the most transparent names on the Internet. If sandwich bags or old grocery bags are not doing it for you, this is an inexpensive resource for black, tie-handle bags that will discreetly clean up your best friend’s mess.
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