Choosing an Online Pet Shop

For many people their pets are their best friends and spoiling them comes naturally. Buying their supplies, however, can be time consuming especially if you have fussy pets so it is handy if you can find an online pet shop that provides everything you need for your pets in one place. There are numerous pet shops on the internet though so how do you choose the right one for you?

The product range

Obviously you will want your online pet shop to stock all of the foods and accessories that your pet may need one day. So for example the site’s product range should include all of the following basic items.

o For dogs there should be a variety of dry foods and canned foods plus a selection of chews and other treats. There should also be an assortment of accessories such as dog beds, toys, leads and collars, and health remedies such as worming tablets, flea treatments and dog shampoo.

o The selection for cats should be generally the same with a variety of food options plus cat toys, bedding, cat litter and maybe even cat flaps and scratching posts. Again, you should also be able to find a range of cat health products as well.

o For birds, your chosen pet shop should stock everything you need to keep a bird within the home. This would include food for caged birds, the cages themselves, toys and other accessories. A good online pet shop will also stock food and feeders for wild birds in the garden.

o Small animals such as hamsters, Guinea pigs, gerbils and rabbits should also be catered for. These pets require small animal foods, cages, bedding, toys, treats and items such as flea treatments and shampoo. Again a good online pet shop will also stock products for rarer small animals such as ferrets, rats and even chinchillas.

o The aquatic section of your chosen online pet shop should list a range of items for indoor and outdoor fish and also reptiles. The range should include everything you need to keep both cold water and tropical fish plus the specialist equipment you may need to house the commonly kept reptiles.

Other things to consider

Finding a pet shop online that sells the products you need is only half the battle when it comes to choosing the one for you. You also need to consider things like the payment methods they accept and their delivery policies and charges. Some pet shops on the internet take up to ten days to deliver orders which can make life difficult if you have multiple pets to order for on different days of the month.

You might also want to look for an online pet shop that offers loyalty schemes to repeat customers especially if you order numerous times each month. Plus you can look for one that has ongoing special offers on popular items that you may buy quite frequently.


Choosing an online pet shop that offers all you need when you need it can take some time, however, once you do you’ll find life becomes much easier than when you had to travel to the local pet shop for your supplies