Best Places For Gifts For Pets In Pittsburgh

December 14, 2012 6:00 AM

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Pets are an integral part of the family, and the interactions are a stable social and emotional benefit for friendship and security. The holidays are the perfect time to pamper the dogs, cats, furry friends, birds, reptiles and marine pets with specialized gifts for the loyalty, comfort and life lessons you share. Shop these Pittsburgh-area shops for the perfect pick for any pet.
Leone Animal Supply Center
10596 Perry Highway
Wexford, PA 15090
(724) 935-4880

Customers who are looking for special holiday gifts may find a wide selection of toys, beds, cages, leashes or a delicious treat for dogs and cats to savor and enjoy. Products for small animals, birds and fish are available from the family owned store, and the holidays are a wonderful time to outfit the pets with Steelers apparel, or a stocking stuffed with treats, chew toys and greenies here. Cats will feel right at home for the holidays with a Dream Curl scratch pad or a commotion activity toy. Dogs may relax with a Snoozy Sleeper, and then munch on a plush puppy toy or wander over to a Neater Feeder for their holiday meal.

Seahorse Retail Pet Store, Inc.
4906 Route 8/William Flynn Highway
Allison Park, PA 15101-2322
(724) 443-2920

The Seahorse Pet Store is more than an aquatic adventure. The highly qualified staff will direct you to a variety of selections in the well-stocked aisles for all furry friends and pets. The store seems like a tropical paradise with all of the amazing fish tanks and supplies. Shop a diverse selection of marine life and aquarium equipment for fresh and saltwater tanks. Traveling over the holidays will be a snap as the pets are kept safe with an Easy Rider car harness, or as they lounge on a soft, fleece bed. Shop apparel and toys including coats, leashes, collars, ladders and swing toys for exotic birds, ceramic caves and exercise wheels for reptiles, rabbits, hamsters and ferrets.

5880 Ellsworth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 362-7387

This local pet store in Shadyside is committed to providing exceptional products that are healthy and researched for optimum pleasure for families and their pets. The best option here is the innovative Thundershirt to quell your pet’s anxiety issues, especially when Santa makes a visit at Christmas. Shop a wide selection of holiday gifts to chose from that includes plush toys, beds, collars, catnip and scratch pads. Keeping your pets neat and clean is no problem as Petagogy also offers an assortment of waste bags and tick products. Families may feel secure if their pets are adorned with an ID tag, and then pampered with appealing grooming products.

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Animal Nature
7610 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
(412) 723-2194

The competent staff at Animal Nature provides photographic or training sessions for a memorable, well-trained holiday season. Families may bring their pets to the store and peruse unique items, and even leave with a special holiday gift as their lovable pet tries out a car seat safety system. Pets may enjoy chewing on a new plush toy, or calm anxiety nibbling on Green Dog Naturals as they travel  in their new Snoozer safety harness. Cats will flip over Kitty Hooch catnip and toys here as well.

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Burton’s Total Pet
1025 Washington Pike
Bridgeville, PA 15017
(412) 257-0756

Burton’s Total Pet is more than a place to purchase food for any pet. It is the overall experience of the staff that gives the customers a feeling that pets are receiving personal attention and special care here. A special gift that is of vital importance between pet and owner is a Barkcode, which is an I.D. tag with QR code information in case your pet is lost. Take advantage of a self-serve dog wash to put a fresh shine on furry coats, or quality pet care given by a veterinarian, then some down time to enjoy Paragon chews and Smart Bones.

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Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at

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