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The Best Pet Stores in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / October 28, 2012

Best Pet Stores TorontoThe best pet stores in Toronto are savings-sucking wonderlands for pet parents in the city. And I make no judgement, for I consider myself neatly in that category. These shops have all your basic necessities and then some — from puppy chow to bedazzled collars and organic, hand-baked treats — and friendly staff to help you decide between the cold-weather doggie hoodie or waterproof (water-woof?) raincoat. If you're anything like me, you'll buy both. Here is the list of the best pet stores in Toronto.

See also:

The best dog parks in Toronto
The best pet grooming and daycare in Toronto

Helmutt’s Pet Supply

Helmutt’s Pet Supply

Every dog knows no trip to Trinity Bellwoods Park is complete without a stop into Helmutt’s to pick up some organic treats. As if you could show your face at the water fountain with plain old grocery store brand! Helmutt’s has a great selection of food, treats, and grooming supplies, along with some toys (in case your owner forgets to bring your ball to the park), leashes, and other pet essentials. More »

The Bone House

The Bone House

For the socially conscious pet (or pet owner). The Bone House tries to stock as many Canadian-made and eco-friendly products as possible, without forfeiting squeaky-toy-fun or pet-treat-deliciousness. Here you’ll find bones from Rowe Farms, clothes from West Paw, and super stylist Pet Lodge beds. Plus Cain & Able KissAble toothpaste, suitable for overly-excited hellos. More »

Small Wonders Pet Emporium

Small Wonders Pet Emporium

The place for the latest in Ed Hardy designer collars. Or, if you’re more into substance than style, collars made from cork, hemp, and bamboo. Small Wonders Pet Emporium is a mom and pop shop with close to 20 years in the biz, offering everything from raw foods to smoked bones, supplements and lots of toys. The shop also hosts dog training classes. More »

Timmie Doggie Outfitters

Timmie Doggie Outfitters

Two boutiques, high style, and an in-store grooming studio. Timmie Doggie Outfitters is for those stylish and pampered pets that wouldn’t dare been seen at the local fire hydrant wearing last year’s ChillyDog raincoat. Find this season’s most stylish collars, coats, beds, toys, and, uh, “business bags” at both Timmie’s Leslieville and Queen West stores, or just stop in for a quick trim. More »

Wag on the Danforth

Wag on the Danforth

A family-run business known for its Adopt-A-Thons and extremely knowledgeable advice. Yes, help for those incessant 3 a.m. upset-stomach wake-ups (“should I switch foods or just stop letting her eat weeds on our walks?”). This shop has a solid variety of pet food options, as well as supplements, toys, and accessories. There’s also a self-serve bath station at the back of the store. More »

Menagerie Pet Shop

Menagerie Pet Shop

Menagerie is one pet shop that goes beyond just the dog and cat crowds. Located in Cabbagetown, this store offers plenty of bird and small animal supplies, a reptile and amphibian section, and a full fish room. So if you don’t feel like trekking out to the zoo, you can always stop by to say hello to the four resident Menagerie birds (and they might say “hi” back). Look for the giant Iguana outside. More »

Tails

Tails

Everyone knows the Beaches loves its animals, and Tails caters directly to that crowd. The shop is a retail store and grooming studio that also sells fish, reptiles, birds and small animals. And for the exhibitionist pet (specifically, the hamster), Tails hosts an in-store hamster race on the first of every month. Fortunately for the winner (and runners-up), treats are very close by. More »

My Pet Boutique

My Pet Boutique

Where your pet is not just your best friend, but your best accessory. This Yorkville shop has only the finest carrying bags, collars, and clothes to dress up your pet, along with gourmet treats to spoil your pooch, even though he’d just as eagerly eat a fallen sandwich off the floor. If you’re looking for cashmere for your corgi, this is your shop. More »

The Dog Bowl

The Dog Bowl

Eco-friendly-focused and unabashedly adorned with Wag Portrait paintings, The Dog Bowl is Dundas West’s answer to earth-friendly dog and cat supplies and lots of delicious chow. With English sheepdog Jamie standing guard (or snoozing) by the door, The Dog Bowl is strategically designed so you and your pup can peruse all of its toys and supplies. More »

Dogfather & Co.

Dogfather & Co.

Where the dog beds come with carved wooden frames and the water bowls are shaped like bone china teacups. A stone’s throw from Rosedale Station, Dogfather & Co. has all your pet basics (and many more luxuries), along with its own spa in its basement and a dog “café” out back. Because after napping for 18 hours a day, every puppy deserves a little indulgence. More »

Urban Dog

Urban Dog

Over in the Distillery District, Urban Dog is part spa, part activity centre, and part bakery and boutique. That bakery and boutique is ideally situated for a dog that’s just completed his or her agility routine, with lots of fresh baked and meaty treats on hand, as well as a good mix of toys for a special reward. Count on finding lots of curious noses snooping around here. More »

Discussion

29 Comments

Rachel / October 28, 2012 at 11:36 am
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Dog Market is awesome too!
be careful / October 28, 2012 at 02:52 pm
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As a veterinarian just be careful what you are told by many of the owners. A passion for pets doesn't make you a nutritionist (though I admit many veterinarians, though educated on the topic, don't know enough).
Chris / October 28, 2012 at 04:47 pm
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You missed Pet Social, in CityPlace. Great product, great service, and the owner is very passionate about what she does. She will not carry any product that is harmful to animals, regardless of who wants it, or how much she can make off it. She was also a trained vet, so you can trust her advice.
ho hum replying to a comment from be careful / October 28, 2012 at 04:49 pm
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I once read that many vets aren't particularly knowledgeable re: pet nutrition. Judging by the fact every vet I visit is still trying to sell me all that Science Diet shit on their shelves (I was once told that my food of choice, which is super high quality/$$$/filler-free etc etc etc, is "bad, very bad") I'd honestly sooner trust one of those passionate enthusiasts/the wealth of information available on the internet.
CdnSyrup / October 28, 2012 at 04:51 pm
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the ladies at pet social are trained as vets?!
CitysLICKER / October 28, 2012 at 05:05 pm
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Too bad Cosmopawlitan didn't make the list. It's my neighbourhood place where i pick up my dog food. And they have a huge store with a great selection of stuff.
Sarah / October 28, 2012 at 05:32 pm
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****Best yuppie, dog store. People have pets other than dogs.
franics / October 28, 2012 at 05:38 pm
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Sounds like was paid by the owner of Pet Social. Good job.
george replying to a comment from ho hum / October 29, 2012 at 01:44 am
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I could not agree more. Science diet is absolutely awful...and any vet that caries it has no cred in my books.
Jinx the Cat / October 29, 2012 at 09:23 am
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Petsmart is still the best
Turtle / October 29, 2012 at 11:08 am
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Tails and Scales on Dundas west is the best for all you reptile lovers!
Snow / November 4, 2012 at 09:38 am
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MEOW!
Vidya / November 4, 2012 at 10:34 am
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Yes, the ignorance of most vets about nutrition rivals the ignorance of most MDs about nutrition. Fortunately, there are a few vets in TO who are experienced in naturopathic medicine (including at least one who is both a DVM and an ND).
Eric replying to a comment from Vidya / November 20, 2012 at 07:44 pm
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I agree with your comment. Also, if anyone is looking for a reputable Vet with focus on homeopathy/alternative approach they can check out Dr. Avery at Leslieville Animal Hospital who is the Vet for our Standard Poodle, Joker.
Lynn / February 4, 2013 at 10:25 am
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I still can't believe you guys haven't included Fetch on Roncesvalles on this website (not even a brief profile). They are really friendly and provide great advice, not to mention they have the cutest dogs in the store to play with when you visit. They also carry a very curated collection of products - so they might not have a lot but they do their research to make sure what they have is healthy and safe for your dog. THAT is what makes a store stand out from the rest in my opinion.
Bek / March 20, 2013 at 01:07 am
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I have to laugh at how much people pay here in TO to see a vet... Crazy.. It hurts and I feel like I have been bent over and reemed multiple times since I have lived here..
Bek / March 20, 2013 at 01:13 am
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Does anyone know where I can buy non corn gluten meal cat/dog kibble in the city? Recently have realized TD hills prescription diet at 67 $ a bag is killing my cats and dog with their garbage that they put in it, also looking into making my own dog/cat kibble as well as wet food, please any advice?
Beck / April 9, 2013 at 12:55 pm
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Bek - I believe Christine from Oh My Dog is a nutritionist. I know someone who got an amazing receipt for her dogs food from Christine and since then her dog never had bowl problems. Give it a try
nenbdulvbckr / April 15, 2013 at 03:31 pm
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jessie / June 2, 2013 at 05:46 pm
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You should check out the pet emporium at gerrard st east and jones ave...great stuff,prices and products...also they charge no tax.
Smucks / June 11, 2013 at 08:49 am
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Can anyone recommend a place that makes homemade cat foods? My vat has a reaction to nearly all store bought brands except for 1 hypoallergenic dry cat food. I would prefer to feed him wet food that is as clean and natural as possible.
Sandy / June 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm
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My husband and I took our two dogs to Camp Cookstown just north of Toronto to board when we went to London last month - The dogs loved it!
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bills8091 / August 21, 2013 at 08:38 pm
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I need to visit this place. I took in a dog after a Vancouver animal emergency. It's a chow that really needs taking care of. I'm happy to have him.
Anna / August 25, 2013 at 02:41 am
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Hi to everyone. We are going to move to Toronto from Ukraine next week together with our puppy - Pomeranian spitz. We plan to stay 209 yonge street. Could you please advise good pet store not far from that place? Thanks in advance!
Lash replying to a comment from Eric / September 25, 2013 at 10:24 am
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Unfortunately homeopathy isn't effective on pets, as they aren't susceptible to the placebo effect :(
Thomson Robert / October 15, 2013 at 03:58 am
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Jorge replying to a comment from be careful / November 26, 2013 at 02:03 pm
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Agreed. The blessing from a vet goes a long way. When formulating our dog treats we sought out advice from local vets - true pet lovers for their insight.

As always, make sure you do you research.

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