The pet store is probably the largest single purchaser of all animal care products. They are also likely to be the most successful in selling animal care products to consumers. That means that they have a lot at stake in a campaign, which is why they may be particularly inclined to work with you and to develop a close working relationship. They can also afford to be a bit more flexible about timing – not because they are expecting you to come knocking on their door, but because they recognise that it’s much more convenient for them to do business with you if you’re willing to give them time to get to know you.
But the pet store isn’t the only place where an animal care product can be bought. If you’re looking for the best possible prices then you should shop around as well. You might even find some great deals on animal products on the internet, especially if you’re prepared to search carefully.
Animal products are usually made from various parts of animals. One of the most common ingredients is meat – although fish, chicken and other animal products are also used. In the UK we have a range of fish-based products, including a range of fish oils. Chicken and beef are used in many of the same cosmetics and skincare products. And don’t forget frogs and lizards! These are just a few examples of what can be found in stores everywhere.
The animal care product you choose will depend on your circumstances. For example, if you have a small dog or cat then you’ll be looking for a shampoo, conditioner and maybe a toy. If you have a large dog or cat then you’ll be looking for something a bit larger, perhaps a bath product, bedtime pack, grooming kit or a puppy collar. Whatever product you choose though, it should be free of any animal by-products and come from an approved company.
The first thing to do when looking for an animal care product is to do some research into the companies that produce them. Look at their website and check for independent customer reviews. There are plenty of review sites online and any reputable company should have a few on their site. If you can find some real unbiased opinions then this will be a great help to steer you in the right direction.
Check if the products have been proven to be effective. This is one area where it pays to be careful. Many products claim to be effective but only a very small number of people actually see a difference in their animal. If you’re uncertain about how an animal care product could affect your animal then you could get advice from your vet. They will be able to advise you about the safety of particular products and even give you sample products to try which will let you know if they’re right for you.
Read the ingredients on the label too – always read the label before buying something. There are some substances that are better kept away from our bodies. There are also some substances that should never be put near animals. If you see something like this – and you think the product might be toxic – then look for something else. There are plenty of organic products available too, so if you’re not sure then don’t use them.
Take some time to think about what the product can offer you – what are you going to get from it? Will it help your animals? Does it smell good? Does it work? Keep these things in mind when you’re buying and using any product for your animal care needs.