Before replenishing your dog’s food supply, acquiring a puppy or having a cute miniature hamster, you’d better learn the secrets of pet stores. Sellers are in no hurry to disclose them, but they will help you make the right choice and partially save the budget during the purchase of goods.
15 secrets of pet stores
- The first purchase is the most expensive. Even if you decide to purchase a guinea pig or a parrot, which are relatively inexpensive, pre-calculate the additional costs. An amount two or three times greater than the cost of the animal will go to additional acquisitions: a cage or an aquarium, grooming tools, food, bedding, toys and treats. Additionally, you will be returning to the pet store every month to replenish food supplies and other necessities. Calculate the necessary expenses in advance and make sure that you master these additional expenses after the appearance of the animal on an ongoing basis.
- Check prices in online stores. Do not be alarmed by the high cost of production, because you can find lower prices for pet food on the Internet. Such stores do not pay rent, so the price will differ markedly. Check prices in several stores at once and take part in promotions.
- Do not focus on the food label. If your dog or cat does not have allergies and illnesses, they probably do not need expensive premium food. Do not read the food label, pay attention only to the composition of the product. Try to choose food with the latest production date, and consult your veterinarian about the nutrition of your pet.
- Give animals time to adapt to new conditions. Do not touch your small animal (hamster, bird, etc.) for several days after you bring it home. Give him time to adapt to the new environment and the new regime.
- Many veterinarians with whom they work under contract in pet stores do not indicate problems with the animal’s health because they don’t want to lose their business. They agree to work with pet stores because it guarantees them their business flow. Beware of “favorite veterinarians” stores or offers of free visits to veterinarians.
- Call your veterinarian right away. Do not be surprised if the pet you have been sold has parasites, a respiratory infection, or a more serious illness. Animals often do not show symptoms until you return them home. Many stores have warranty and return policies. We recommend that an independent veterinarian inspect your pet immediately after purchasing it.
- To save on pet food, ask the store for a wholesale discount.
- Choose the right toilet filler. Give preference to natural fillers, as they are safer for the health of cats and kittens. Instead of clay-based products, choose a filler on corn, wheat, nuts, or pine.
- Questions are always welcome. If this is your first time buying a pet, be sure to ask the seller questions that are of interest to you. In high-quality pet stores, the seller will always be happy to tell the intricacies of caring for the acquired animal.
- Consult your veterinarian. Nervous about trimming your pet’s claws or other issues? Ask them at the next appointment with the veterinarian and he will tell you all the details.
- Get basic accessories. Instead of spending money on newfangled toys, invest in high-quality basic accessories, such as a hairbrush for hair or a high-quality comfortable cage for a parrot.
- Choose the right toys. When choosing toys for your pet, it is important to know his personality. If the dog is an aggressive chewer, choose a tough toy that will resist abuse. Also make sure that the new toy is safe for the health of your pet.
- If you really want to ensure the health of the pet for many years, focus not on the brand of the feed manufacturer, but on how much you feed it and whether the pet is overweight. If your pet has arthritis, give him a daily supplement that contains glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, which protect joint cartilage.
- Summer at the pet store is a dead season. A seasonal pet store, like most businesses. It is summer time that is traditionally very unfavorable for the finance of a pet store, so at this time it is best to check the timing of the feed before buying.
- Trust the veterinarian’s instructions more than the seller’s advice at the pet store.