10 Places to Buy Pet Supplies On A Budget

When buying supplies for your pets, there are many places to go and the most obvious one are your local pet stores and big chains. However, if you’re on a budget or just trying to cut down on the number of places you need to drive to when running errands take a moment the next time you’re in your pharmacy, grocery store, or online to see what pet supplies are available. The choices might limited but the quality can be the same and sometimes the price is cheaper.

Here are 10 best places for budget pet supplies:

1: Amazon

Amazon has a substantial selection and has, in my experience the best prices across the board for just about everything. Combine that with free 2-day shipping and a great selection of other items, it is no wonder they are the largest online retailer.

2: Other internet shopping sites

Besides Amazon sites such as Craigslist, Ebay, Freecycle, and other sites offer great bargains on pet supplies. Do not ever buy medications from individuals or un-reputable companies but dog crates, cat carriers, cat trees, dog beds, accessories, and costumes can often be found for your pet at discount prices.

3: Pharmacy

Aside from being able to buy shampoo, cough syrups, and pick up your prescriptions, many drugs stores also sell dog and cat food, toys, brushes, leashes, and beds. The prices are often lower than pet retail stores because of membership club cards and specials.

4: Membership clubs

Places like Costco and Sam’s Club have deep discounts on many things from bulk food to clothing and books. They also often have pet supplies like beds, carriers, and toys.

5: Thrift stores

Want to get your cat a scratching post but don’t want to pay a lot? Hunt around the thrift store next time you’re looking for those vintage jeans or steampunk outfit and see what pet supplies people have donated. You can find some slightly used but in great condition beds, car seats, and cat trees.

6: Hardware store

Some hardware stores have a housewares department where they sell some general cleaning supplies and other things for your house. Some will have a pet section with cleaning, grooming, and food.

7: Dollar store

Your local 99 cent store sells pet supplies and toys. Save a few bucks and get that new leash and collar set, bowl, or squeaky toy that your dog deserves.

8: Consignment stores

a number of consignment stores have a pet section where you can find gently used toys, bedding, crates, and more. The prices can range from being a great deal to being so so but you can find great quality items for your pet.

9: Local animal shelters

Humane societies and animal shelters often have a pet supply section for new parents to purchase supplies. Their prices are comparable to pet stores but sometimes they offer sales and discounts plus the money benefits the shelter.

10. Feed stores

If you live near the outskirts of town, in the country or even in further out suburbs, you might have a feed store nearby. These can be great sources for pet supplies and have good deals because they generally focus on moving larger quantities of products so what they have may be a better deal.

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The Three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Donate Your Pet’s Items

In an age where there are tons and tons of pet items for us to spoil our furry family friend, we all have some items that are slightly worn, in decent shape, or even never used that we could donate to our local shelter, rescue group, or humane society.

Our pets are spoiled with dog crates for every stage of life, toys for every holiday, leashes and collars for any trend you’d like, and outfits for every season. There are dozens upon dozens of dog treats, cat treats, and items we’ve all bought that were met with a huff and upturned snout or a head that turned away with disgust.

Instead of dumping the items, shelters and other organizations may be able to use the items you no longer need. The SPCA has local branches in many states and cities and accept donations. They often need blankets, towels, food dish, beds, and carriers. Shelters will accept slightly used or unopened toys, unopened food, and cleaned supplies.

Before donating wash the supplies so they are free of any germs and dirt. If you’re unsure what your local shelter needs, give them a call. Often times, your donation is tax deductible.

If you don’t have any items to donate but want to help animals, think about donating your time. Many shelters and organizations need people who will help socialize animals for adoption. Most places ask for a set number of hours a month, usually between 4 to 8 hours. You might help get a scared cat used to people by petting, playing, and spending time with it or you might be asked to walk a few dogs. You could also foster an animal if you have the space and time.

Most places will only allow people over the age of 16 to volunteer and have orientation meetings prior to getting started. This is to introduce you to their policies and procedures and also to educate you on how to to stay safe while spending time with the dogs and cats.

No matter what you do or how small it may seem, you’d make a difference in the life of an animal who is awaiting their forever home. So go through your closets and see if there’s an old blanket or some towels you no longer need, get rid of the leashes and harnesses that your dog no longer needs or you no longer use, and give away that cat bed that never gets used. There’s a cat and a dog in a shelter somewhere who would appreciate it!

Pet Stores in Detroit, Michigan

Headed to the Motor City? There are a few pet stores in Detroit, Michigan, you should check out during your visit. They cater to animals of all kinds, not just dogs and cats. Maybe pick up a pet sweater at one of these stores, for the cold Midwestern winter season!

Detroit K-9 Pet Supplies

This store has three locations in Detroit: one on Michigan Avenue, one on Livernois Avenue and one in East Warren. They are dog experts that can give you advice at which types of dogs are appropriate for your lifestyle. They also offer pet supplies, pet food, accessories, body parts, treats, houses, cages, crates, straw, bedding, small animal toys and much more.

The Barkery

The Barkery is located in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. They are canine and feline food specialists, who offer all natural food, raw food, organic food and products for holistic diets. They also offer flea treatments for cats and dogs, as well as apparel, accessories, grooming, pet memorials, collars, harnesses, leashes, treats and more. They also offer some pet travel accessories.

Exotic Aquarium

This aquarium store has been open since 1951. They have a large selection of Freshwater Tropical Fish and over 140 tanks. They also offer an elaborate selection of tank set-ups, decorations, filters, fish foods, medications and other useful products.

Pet Supplies Plus

This is a chain store that has a location in Detroit on Livernois. They offer assorted brands of pet foods, as well as aquarium products, reptile products, bird products, cat products, dog products, small bird products and wild bird products.

D & D Pet Center

This pet store offers a cat and dog grooming center, fish, hamsters, lizards and premium pet foods.

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Lou’s Pet Shop

This store is located in Grosse Point Woods, Michigan. They offer great dog products, like training gear, raw diets, organic food and treats, interactive problem solving toys and training gear. They also offer unique cat toys and healthy treats. They breed different types of hamsters, like syrian teddy and smooth hair. They also offer products for small animals, fish, spiders, reptiles and birds.

Pointe Pets Supply Limited

This store is located in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. It is owned by a woman and her husband owns a barber shop next door, so it has a local feel. It offers pet food, pet products and specialty pet food, along with pet clothes and unique pet toys. Many regulars shop here.