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Want to buy the best food items and accessories for your furry friend? Here are 10 of the best pet stores in Toronto you should visit!
As one of the oldest pet shops in Toronto, Menagerie Pet Shop has grown from a tiny Cabbagetown pet shop opened in the 1970s to the household name on Parliament Street it is now. They carry only the healthiest and nutritious Canadian-made pet food and pet accessories. Menagerie also sells small animals, such as freshwater fish, rodents, and reptiles, along with all the accessories needed to successfully care for them.
The most popular attraction of Menagerie Pet shop is the self-service dog wash, where customers can use the store’s grooming facilities (including shampoos, conditioners, and towels) without the hassle of cleaning it up! Contact them if you have any other questions for this great local pet store.
2. Kennel Café
Kennel Café has been one of Toronto’s most loved pet shops since Esther Limongi opened its doors in the Roncesvalles area of Toronto in 1998. Even after a fire wiped out the original shop in 2012, the community worked together to fund the rebuild and they not only reopened in 2013 but were able to open a second location in Etiobicoke, Ontario in 2014!
It’s no surprise as to why Kennel Café is so loved: they carry only the best natural and holistic pet food for your beloved dogs, cats, and small mammals. They also carry a range of natural supplements, toys, and accessories. Contact Kennel Café to see how you can stop by and check out what they have on offer.
Bark & Meow Pet Supplies reopened in 2018 as Toronto’s only independent pet store selling vegan dog and cat food and supplies. While the shop also offers non-vegan brands, such as Royal Canin and Fromm, they are known for their natural and holistic approaches to pet wellness, including the sale of CBD oil as a health supplement.
Bark & Meow also provide 1:1 dog-grooming and teeth cleaning services using only cruelty-free and natural products. You can read more about Bark & Meow at their blog or contact them to see if they have the product you are looking for.
If you are looking for a one-stop shop for all your pet needs, check The Dog Market on the beach. Voted as the Toronto’s Best Pet Store in NOW Magazine’s from 2014-2018, The Dog Market has everything you might need to feed and care for your beloved dog or cat.
The Dog Market also offer grooming services for dogs and cats. You can also attend weekly obedience training with your dog, whether it’s a puppy, adult, or senior pet. Contact The Dog Market to make an appointment or find out how to stop by and check all the great facilities this local pet store has to offer.
Opened in 1994, Small Wonders Pets is a local family-owned and operated business that sells only the most quality dog food, cat food, and pet accessories. They are particularly proud of the number of Canadian-made food products they have on their shelves.
Small Wonders Pets also hosts pet-related events throughout the year, such as: pet portraits, pop-up nail trimming services, and community pet events. Most famously, Small Wonders Pets has two store cats—Diego and Rupert—which attract visitors locally and further abroad. Contact them here if you have any questions or want to know more information about what they offer.
6. The Dog Bowl
Opened by Jason Squires in 2011, The Dog Bowl aims to provide the highest quality dog and cat food to the Trinity Bellwoods Park dog-walking community. The shop prides itself on choosing food and accessories made as close to Toronto, as possible, including only those items made in Canada or North America generally. You can also buy supplements, treats, toys, and other pet-related accessories.
They don’t just have food and accessories for dogs, though; they also carry cat and puppy training materials, as well as beds, crates, and kennels. They even offer free local delivery if you just can’t make it into their shop. Contact them to find out how to order or see if they have what you need in stock.
Located on the Danforth at Woodbine, Wag was opened by Ruth Heathcote and Rob Riley to provide excellent customer service for the two-legged and four-legged family members alike. They carry all natural foods and accessories for all manner of pets (except fish or reptiles), but what really makes Wag unique is their determination to find what you’re looking for, even if they don’t currently have it in stock.
They offer a self-service pet bath service, but what Wag is really known for is the adopt-a-thon events carried out throughout the year with the Toronto Cat Rescue. You can find the next adopt-a-thon on their social media page or contact them if you have any questions.
Helmutt’s Pet Supply opened in 2005 in the West Queen West neighborhood of Toronto and carries everything your dog or cat may need, from food and treats to fashion accessories and nutritional supplements. They carry all the major dog and cat food brands, as well as some of the smaller ones, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for, let them know. They can special order it!
With a motto such as ‘May Your Treat Jar Never Be Empty,’ Helmutt’s Pet Supply seeks to give you the best shopping experience for you and your pet that it can provide. You can contact them here.
9. K9 Couture
If you’re looking for a shop catering more towards pet fashion accessories than general pet care, then look no further than K9 Couture in downtown Toronto. As the store lauds its collection as ‘the largest and most unique in Canada,’ whatever style you want for your dog, K9 Couture has it. They also sell general pet care items, such as treats, supplements, and doggy first aid.
As a full-service doggy boutique, K9 Couture also provides a dog grooming service, featuring a one-to-one service and even unique stylings. You can even grab a bag of dry dog food or cat food while you’re there, in case you were running low. Contact them to book a grooming appointment or see what new styles they have in stock!
10. Barkside Bistro
Barkside Bistro opened in 2013 with the mission to provide real, organic food to the local pet population instead of the mass-produced, over-processed food still commonly sold by the ‘big box’ pet stores. Most notably, Barkside Bistro primarily sells raw dog food and works with each customer to determine what diet of food and nutritional supplements will best suit their individual dog.
Barkside Bistro also hosts events to help pet owners learn how to better connect with their pets through massage and holistic remedy seminars. They want every pet family to not only feed their pups natural food but live a natural life, too. Contact them for more information and see how you can stop by to check out one of their two Toronto locations.