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How to Find the Best Pet Supply Stores in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael

When you need pet food or other pet supplies, pet stores in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael are not all the same.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best pet supply stores in Marin County and issues related to buying from them.

Updated September 27, 2013

 The TOP 10 Pet Supply Stores in Marin County CA

Give Your Dog A Bone
(415) 499-0364
2180 Northgate Mall
San Rafael, CA 94903

Areas Served: San Rafael, Larkspur, Woodacre, Greenbrae, San Anselmo, Kentfield, Forest Knolls

Canine Design
(415) 456-4112
1435 4th St # C
San Rafael, CA 94901

Areas Served: San Rafael, San Anselmo, Woodacre, Fairfax, Kentfield, Larkspur, Greenbrae

Pet Pro
(415) 459-4080
909 D St
San Rafael, CA 94901

Areas Served: San Rafael, Larkspur, San Anselmo, Fairfax, Greenbrae, Woodacre, Kentfield

A Pet Food Cottage
(415) 485-1158
218 Greenfield Ave
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Areas Served: San Rafael & Marin, San Anselmo, Sleepy Hollow, Woodacre, Larkspur, Kentfield

Critterland Pets
(415) 383-7387
336 Miller Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Areas Served: Sausalito, Mill Valley, Tiburon, Corte Madera, Marin City, Strawberry

Arena Feed & Pet Supply
(415) 599-3500
7546 Redwood Blvd
Novato, CA 94945

Top Paws
(415) 331-7297
1001 Bridgeway # C1
Sausalito, CA 94965

How to Find the Best Pet Supply Stores in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael 

 


There is no state license required for pet supply sales in Marin County and so no state standard for competency. This makes it all the more significant that all pet supply stores bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 designation have been evaluated by our research staff, and have had to pass all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction, clean complaint record, best business practices, length of time in business, and more.


The Best Pet Supply Stores in Marin County Carry Large Selections of Pet Supplies & Pet Accessories
Most local pet supply stores in Marin County carry dog supplies and cat necessities, like pet grooming products, collars, leashes, food bowls, dog crates and pet carriers, and popular brands of dry, canned, raw and frozen pet food. But what would a good pet store be without the accessories? Pet supply stores also carry rawhide dog chews, cat scratching posts, dog training aids, pet clothing, holistic pet food, dog beds, dog toys and cat toys, and dog houses.

Some pet stores stock a number of common pet health supplies, including nutritional supplements, cold remedies, Ivermectin Dewormer, pet medications, cat and dog first-aid products, and remedies for fleas, heartworm, lice and ticks.

Some pet supply stores can cater to the local horse and livestock population as well. These stores sell hay, straw, livestock food and grain, and certain holistic diet products. They might even supply crates or containment units or parts, stable equipment and supplies, western and custom saddles, horse dewormer, other horse medications, and different horse supplements.

If you're a bird lover, you know of the difficulty involved in finding good pet supply stores in Marin County. Fortunately, some local pet stores specialize in avian goods and services. They sell parrots and other domesticated birds that are often bred and hand-fed on site. These good pet supplies stores often sell their birds as proven pairs or tame, domestic singles. They might even sell large talkers too, like macaws and African Greys. Of course, Marin County bird stores will supply most bird supplies as well, including bird seed, bird perches, cbirdages, bird carriers, a variety of bird toys, and even poultry feed (bawk).

Some pet supply stores also sell small animals, such as hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, chinchillas, mice, and small pet supplies for these pocket pets. They also sell tropical fish, saltwater fish, fresh water fish, aquariums, aquarium supplies and fish food.  Others sell a variety of reptiles and reptile supplies, like terrariums, dry reptile food and live food, which may or may not be found in the pocket pets supplies section. 

Pet Supply Stores in Marin County Perform Numerous Services
Local pet supply stores in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael generally have a huge selection of pet foods and pet accessories. If you don't see what you're looking for, these good pet shops and pet supply centers can usually special order it for you. And for larger orders, some pet shops can provide local delivery of pet food and pet supplies.

The best Marin County specialty pet stores and pet feed stores often offer more than basic pet necessities too. A few have self-service dog washes, and many have a health and vaccination services on site so you can get your shopping, doggy bath, check-up and pet medication all in one stop. Some pet supply stores have pet day spas to pamper your pets. These in-house spas spoil your pet with cat or dog grooming treatments that include baths, haircuts, nail cutting and buffing, pet ear cleaning, pet shampoo and conditioner, coat conditioning, and even special senior pet care packages.

Some Pet Supply Stores in Marin County Are Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these pet supply stores in Marin County: Critterland Pets, Arena Feed & Pet Supply, A Pet Food Cottage, Pet Pro, Give Your Dog A Bone, Canine Design, Top Paws, Dogville, Pet-Agree, Pet Arcade. Other pet stores in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael that might still be in business include: PugCafe.com, Petco. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Pet Supply Stores in Marin County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.

 

 

How to Deal With Pet Supply Stores in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael 

Step 1: Make Some Calls to Good Pet Shops in the Marin County
If you have something in particular in mind, you'll want to find out in advance if the pet supply stores and pet shops in San Rafael CA have the pet supplies you're looking for. Not every pet feed store carries the same brands of wet pet food, dry pet food or raw pet food. So call a few pet stores and pet supply shops before you make the trip and you won't waste your time. Here are a few questions to start with.

• How do the pet shops determine pricing for pet food and pet supplies?

• Do Marin County pet stores carry the brands of pet food and pet supplies you're looking for? If not, can the pet supply stores order small pet supplies, dog supplies and cat supplies they don't carry in store?

• Do local San Rafael CA pet shops and pet supply stores make deliveries for larger orders or for bulk pet items such as wholesale pet supplies, dog food or cat litter?

• Do pet supply shops and pet stores in Marin County offer any guarantees on pet food, pet grooming supplies or other pet products?

• Do the pet shops and pet stores offer pet care services such as pet grooming, wing and nail clipping or pet behavior classes?

• How long have the pet shops been in the pet supplies business?

• Do the pet shops and pet supply stores sell pets? If so, do they only sell birds and small pets? What about animal adoptions through local rescue groups?

• Can you bring your pet into the pet shop or pet supply store?

Step 2: Gauge Employee Response at Marin County Pet Shops and Wholesale Pet Supply Centers
Some pet stores hire uneducated employees for minimum wage. These employees aren't necessarily knowledgeable or concerned for your welfare or your pet's wellness. Better, specialized pet stores hire people who are interested in the pet care industry and are true animal lovers, and thus, informed. If you need any advice about pet supplies or wholesale pet care, the latter type of pet shop is your better bet. So when you're asking the questions from the list above, pay attention to the attitude and proficiency of the pet supplies dealer you're speaking with.

Step 3: Final Research on Pet Supply Stores and Pet Shops in the San Rafael CA Area
Because your pet is so important to you, it is of the utmost importance that the pet store or pet supply shop from which you purchase your pet food or pet supplies is the best possible choice. So verify that your first choice pet supply store in Marin County has the appropriate licensing and/or certification from reputable pet supply industry associations. While you're at it, look for indications of quality as well, like Diamond Certification or Better Business Bureau membership.

Step 4: Make the Trip to the Best Marin County Pet Shop for Good Pet Supplies
Now that you've found the best possible pet supply store, it's time to shop. Pack up your pet and take a trip.

 

 

Tips About Pet Supplies in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael 

Take Time Choosing Your Pet Supply Store.
If you randomly select a pet supply store or pet shop from the phone book, you run the risk of choosing a pet store with lower standards. So make some calls and ask about the selection of pet supplies and pet services before you decide on a pet shop. This could be the pet supply store you rely on for the life of your pet, so make sure it's the right one.


Know Your Rights as a Pet Shop Customer.
If a conflict should arise over pet products or pet services you have purchased from a particular pet store or pet shop, you are protected by legal regulations. To learn about the details of your entitlements in Marin County, visit the Web site for the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

Check for Pet Food Freshness.
If you're visiting a pet store to purchase dog food, cat food or small pet food, check out the product before you buy it. Pet food should not be dusty or overly dry, and all pet food products should have an expiration date. If no expiration date is found on the pet food box or bag, choose a different brand of pet food or look for a pet supply store that has higher quality pet supplies.

Beware Before Purchasing an Animal.
If you are purchasing an animal, make sure the pet store can tell you who the breeder is and whether or not the animal was bred domestically. Beware of pet stores that sell dogs or cats bred by backyard breeders or puppy mills. If the pet you are interested in buying is a cat or a dog, the animal must be licensed by the USDA.

 

 

Pet Supply Shops in Marin County Sell Many Pet Supply Brands 

 

 


Popular Pet Food Brands and Pet Foods Types Sold

Artemis Holistic Pet Food

Holistic Dog Food:

natural dog food
puppy food
organic dog food
dog treats
small breed dog food
large breed dog food
senior dog food
diet dog food
canned dog food
dry dog food kibble

Holistic Cat Food:

dry cat food kibble
canned cat food
indoor cat food
all natural cat food
kitten food
senior cat food

AvoDerm Natural Pet Food

Natural Dog Food:

premium dog food
puppy food
vegetarian dog food
hypoallergenic dog food
oven-baked dog treats
senior dog food
large breed dog food
canned dog food

Natural Cat Food:

premium cat food
dry cat food
canned cat food
hypoallergenic cat food
diet cat food
cat treats
indoor cat food

Dr. Billinghurst's BARF Diet

(Bones and Raw Food Diet)

Raw Dog Food:

frozen dog food
organic dog food
all-natural dog food

Raw Cat Food:

frozen cat food
organic cat food
all-natural cat food

Canidae All-Natural Dog Foods

All-Natural Dog Food:

grain-free dog food
dry dog food kibble
natural dog treats
canned dog food
human grade dog food
hypoallergenic dog food



Diamond Pet Food

Natural Dog Food:

adult dog food
puppy food
large breed dog food
diet dog food
senior dog food
pregnant dog food
natural dog treats

Natural Cat Food:

adult cat food
kitten food
diet cat food
senior cat food
pregnant cat food
natural cat treats

Eagle Pack Pet Food

Holistic Dog Food:

dry dog food
canned dog food
natural dog treats
hypoallergenic dog food
puppy food
senior dog food
diet dog food
grain free dog food

Holistic Cat Food:

dry cat food
canned cat food
hypoallergenic cat food
indoor cat food
kitten food
adult cat food
senior cat food
diet cat food

Eukanuba Pet Food

Premium Dog Food:

puppy food
dry dog food
canned dog food
breed-specific dog food
performance dog food
senior dog food
natural dog food
natural dog treats
diet dog food
sensitive stomach dog food

Premium Cat Food:

high-quality cat food
kitten food
dry cat food
canned cat food
senior cat food
natural cat food
indoor cat food
diet cat food
sensitive stomach cat food

Evo Pet Food

Grain-Free Dog Food:

dry dog food
canned dog food
reduced fat dog food
natural dog treats                      

Grain-Free Cat Food:

cat & kitten food
dry cat food
canned cat food
all-natural cat food

Felidae All-Natural Cat Food

 

All-Natural Cat Food:

grain-free cat food
dry cat food kibble
canned cat food
holistic cat food
hypoallergenic cat food
human grade cat food

Flint River Ranch Pet Food

Premium Dog Food:

human grade dog food
holistic dog food
oven-baked dog food
dry dog food
natural dog food
healthy dog treats

Premium Cat Food:

human grade cat food
holistic cat food
oven-baked cat food
dry cat food
natural cat food
healthy cat treats

Hills Science Diet Pet Food

Dog Food:

dry dog food kibble
canned dog food
prescription dog food diets
diet dog food
dog treats

Cat Food:

dry cat food
canned cat food
prescription cat food diets
diet cat food
cat treats

Solid Gold Pet Food

Natural Dog Food:

holistic dog food
Hund-n-Flocken dog food
dry dog food
puppy dog food
premium dog food
canned dog food
dog treats

Natural Cat Food:

canned cat food
holistic cat food
premium cat food
kitten food
indoor cat food
natural cat treats

Innova Pet Food

Organic Dog Food:

holistic dog food
puppy food
adult dog food
senior dog food
low fat dog food
dry dog food
canned dog food
healthy dog treats

Organic Cat Food:

holistic cat food
kitten food
senior cat food
adult cat food
indoor cat food
finicky cat food
dry cat food
canned cat food
cat treats

Nature's Variety Raw Pet Food

All-Natural Dog Diet:

raw dog food
frozen dog food
organic dog food
dry dog food
grain free dog food
canned dog food

All-Natural Cat Diet:

raw cat food
frozen cat food
grain free cat food
organic cat food
dry cat food
canned dog food

Nutro Natural Choice Pet Food

Natural Dog Food:

dry dog food
canned dog food
dog treats
diet dog food
puppy food

Natural Cat Food:

dry cat food
canned cat food
cat treats
diet cat food
indoor cat food
kitten food

ProPlan Pet Food

Natural Dog Food:

dry dog food
canned dog food
dog treats
diet dog food
puppy food
sensitive stomach dog food

Natural Cat Food:

dry cat food
canned cat food
cat treats
diet cat food
indoor cat food
kitten food
sensitive stomach cat food

Royal Canin Pet Food

Premium Dog Food:

breed-specific dog food
prescription dog food
active dog food
adult dog food
puppy food
senior dog food
diet dog food
toy breed dog food
large breed dog food
sensitive skin dog food
sensitive stomach dog food
hypoallergenic dog food

Premium Cat Food:

breed-specific cat food
prescription cat food
indoor cat food
kitten food
senior cat food
diet cat food
sensitive skin cat food
sensitive stomach cat food
hairball formula cat food
hypoallergenic cat food
dry cat food
canned cat food

Wellness Natural Pet Food

Holistic Dog Food:

dry dog food
canned dog food
all natural dog food
grain free dog food
large breed dog food
hypoallergenic dog food
all natural dog treats
human grade dog food

Holistic Cat Food:

dry cat food kibble
canned cat food
jerky cat treats
grain free cat food
grain free canned cat food
hypoallergenic cat food
human grade cat food

Wysong Raw Pet Food

Holistic Dog Food:

raw dog food
all natural dog food
human grade dog food
dry dog food kibble
canned dog food
grain free dog food

Holistic Cat Food:

raw cat food
all natural cat food
canned cat food
dry cat food kibble
human grade cat food
grain free cat food

 

 

Resources About Pet Supplies in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael 


Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations Related to Pet Supply Stores in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA
ADOA American Dog Owners Association (http://www.adoa.org/)
AFA American Federation of Aviculture (http://www.afa.birds.org/)
API Animal Protection Institute (http://www.api4animals.org/)
APPMA American Pet Product Manufacturers Association (http://www.appma.org/)
BBB Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.com/)
CFA Cat Fanciers Association (http://www.cfainc.org/)
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (www.dca.ca.gov)
IPAC International Pet Advisory Council (http://www.intpac.org/)
PFMA Pet Food Manufacturers Association (http://www.pfma.com/)
WWPIA World Wide Pet Industry Association (http://www.wwpia.org/)
WWPSA World Wide Pet Supply Association (http://www.wwpsa.com/)

Media Regarding Pet Supplies in Marin County CA
The Bark
Best Friends Magazine
Bird Talk
Bird Times
Cat Fancy
Cat & Kitten Care
Cats & Kittens
Dog Fancy
Dog & Kennel
Dogs for Kids
Dog Magazine
Dog World
Ferrets
Good Dog Magazine
Gun Dog
House Pet Magazine
I Love Cats
Modern Dog
Modern Ferret Magazine
PETA Animal Times
Pet Age
Pet food Industry
Pet Magazine
Pet Product News International
The Pointing Dog Journal
Reptiles Magazine
Whole Dog Journal
Winged Wisdom Magazine


If you are in need of pet products or pet feed stores, The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Pet Supply Stores in Marin County within the following zip codes:

94915, 94924, 94946, 94901, 94949, 94976, 94971, 94966, 94974, 94973, 94963, 94964, 94920, 94940, 94965, 94914, 94930, 94925, 94950, 94948, 94956, 94938, 94978, 94977, 94912, 94929, 94904, 94913, 94960, 94945, 94933, 94939, 94957, 94979, 94970, 94942, 94947, 94903, 94937 and 94941

 

 

 


Pet Supplies Corte Madera CA

Pet Club Corte Madera CA 94925


Pet Supplies Mill Valley CA

Alpha Dog Mill Valley CA 94941
Critterland Pets Mill Valley CA 94941
Pet Pro Mill Valley CA 94941
Woodlands Pet Food & Treats Mill Valley CA 94941


Pet Supplies Novato CA

Animal Outfitters Novato CA 94949
Arena Feed & Pet Supply Novato CA 94945
Dog-On-It Products Novato CA 94949
Pet Food Express Ltd Novato CA 94947
PETCO Novato CA 94945

 

Pet Supplies San Anselmo CA

A Pet Food Cottage San Anselmo CA 94960

 

Pet Supplies San Rafael CA

Give Your Dog A Bone San Rafael CA 94903
Pet Arcade San Rafael CA 94903
Pet Pro San Rafael CA 94901
PETCO San Rafael CA 94901

 

Pet Supplies Sausalito CA

Top Paws Sausalito CA 94965