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4 Locally Owned BC Pet Businesses to Support

4 Locally Owned BC Pet Businesses to Support

It’s been an interesting year, to say the least, with life as we know it changing every week. Amidst business closures and social distancing protocols, Dog Quality has been fortunate to still be able to offer our products for senior dogs. Unfortunately, many businesses haven’t been as lucky and our hearts go out to those who continue to struggle in this difficult time.

As we head into the fifth month of the pandemic, it’s more important now than ever to shop local and show our support for our fellow British Columbia entrepreneurs. Here, we’re highlighting our favourite local pet brands who are doing amazing things for the animal community. After all, we’re all in this together.

Get Exciting Treats and Toys Every Month with Dog Bundles

These days, you can get monthly subscription boxes for pretty much anything and pets are no exception. While there are many to choose from, one of the best Canadian dog subscriptions comes from Dog Bundles. Founded in Vancouver, Dog Bundles now ships out monthly boxes to doggos all over Canada and the US. The goodies you get are personalized to your pup based on his size, preferences and behaviours, and you can expect everything from treats and toys to a few exciting surprises.

You can pick from several subscription plans, starting at one month for $55, up to six months for $51 per month. You can also choose to spread the love and gift a bundle to a fur friend. All toys and treats are dog-tested and all-natural, made right here in North America. When you sign up, don’t forget to mention any specifics about your dog (such as chewing habits or toy preferences) and Dog Bundles will be sure to deliver.

Save Big on Vet Bills with GoFetch Health

GoFetch Health is a Vancouver-based tech company that makes taking your pet to the vet more affordable and accessible. Considering that vet visits tend to get more frequent (and expensive) as your dog ages, this can lead to major cost savings for parents of senior dogs. You can choose between a monthly membership that costs just $5 per month or an annual subscription for $50, which gets you two months free. What exactly does your GoFetch Health membership get you anyway? 5% cash back on all veterinary bills, plus bonus rewards to spend on your furry friend.

Here’s how it works: visit one of GoFetch Health’s partner vet clinics, check the app within 48 hours to view your rewards, then use your rewards to create a virtual gift card to buy whatever you need directly at your clinic. Have more than one pet? All of your fur babies are covered by the same membership cost, regardless of breed or age, so you can rest assured that no matter what happens, your beloved animals are in good hands.

Try Top Quality Eats from FirstMate Pet Foods

As pet parents, we all want to help our beloved animals live their best (and longest) lives. Diet plays a significant role in our pets’ health and longevity, so it’s important to feed them only the highest quality food. Fortunately, we have many premium pet food brands made in BC, specially formulated to support our pets’ health at every life stage. One of the best BC pet food brands is FirstMate, a family-owned company that’s been proudly producing premium pet food in Chilliwack since 1989.

Using only the best local ingredients and human-grade proteins, FirstMate is a pioneer in pet nutrition. And with a veterinarian and pet nutritionist on the executive team, it makes perfect sense! Firstmate offers both kibble and canned foods, as well as grain-free and grain-inclusive diets. No matter what your dog or cat needs to feel their best, FirstMate has you covered. We also love how FirstMate gives back to the animal community by working with animal rescues, sanctuaries and wellness organizations.

Let Your Pet Live Forever with Until We Meet Again Pet Memorial Centre

Losing our fur babies is one of the most difficult things we have to go through as pet owners. Even though you know it will come one day, nothing can fully prepare you for the loss. On top of grieving their loss, many pet parents struggle to figure out how to honour their beloved pet after he or she is gone. Until We Meet Again answers this question by offering pet parents compassionate ways to memorialize their pets and help them say goodbye.

Until We Meet Again provides pet memorial products and services of all kinds, including cremation, online memorials, grief support, urns, jewelry, paw imprints and more. The company’s team of pet loss professionals can also guide you through the aftercare process and help you decide how best to lay your pet to rest. There’s no way to make the heartbreak of losing a pet any easier, but Until We Meet Again exists to support pet parents every step of the way.

Have you shopped from any of these BC pet businesses? Did we miss your favourite? We’d love to hear about other local pet companies you’re supporting. In the meantime, check out Dog Quality’s line of premium products for senior dogs. We’re here to help your pups age gracefully and with dignity, no matter what their golden years may bring.