by Jenni Barnett
on Friday, December 25th, 2020 at 11:00am.
For most pet owners, nothing is more essential than the health and wellbeing of our beloved furry friends, which is why we turn to locally-owned pet supply shops. While big-box stores often stock their shelves with foods packed with fillers and preservatives, many pet owners have realized that these offerings do not support lifelong wellness. As a result, pets live shorter lives, rack up expensive vet bills, and don’t enjoy the years they have to the fullest.
At each of the outstanding shops listed below, you’ll find curated selections of brands that put your pet’s nutritional needs first, ensuring that your pet will have the best opportunity to live a long, healthy life. As a bonus, you’ll be supporting people who live in your community rather than funneling your hard-earned wages to giant corporations. Put the health of your pet and your community first, and enjoy every shopping outing, at Middle Tennessee’s Best Local Pet Supply Shops!
Licker and Whine prides itself on carrying only extensively researched pet food brands whose focus on fresh nutrition will support your pet’s immune system, coat health, and digestive wellness. Whether you prefer freeze-dried, fresh, frozen, or dried food, Licker and Whine has options that are exactly right for your pet(s).
Additionally, this shop carries an extensive offering of both cat and dog supplies, canine cakes and treats, and specialty products for aging pets. Their knowledgeable, friendly staff will answer any questions you have, either over the phone or in-store.
Licker and Whine now offers online ordering, with the option to pick up in-store.
Priding itself on offering “Luxury Living for the Discriminating Pet,” Baxter Bailey & Company stocks anything one could desire to enjoy an upscale life with a dog, including an in-store bakery that offers cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, and more! The detail-oriented staff is available to help you choose a new pet food brand, arrange a birthday celebration for your pup, or choose the perfect leash and harness setup.
Baxter Bailey & Company offers direct shipping, curbside pickup, or in-store pickup, as well as personal shopping services.
Despite how adorable and charming a pet supply shop may be, few can claim to smell wonderful—yet that’s just what locals say about Wags & Whiskers! Both the East and West Nashville shops offer self-service dog wash facilities, yet wet dog smells are nowhere to be whiffed here. Instead, delicious-smelling shampoos and conditioners combined with the staff’s constant attention to cleaning result in shops that please the most discerning olfactory receptors.
Wags and Whiskers hosts a doggy bakery, and their helpful staff is well-versed on the cat and dog food options that will best support every between-treats meal. If you don’t see the option you hoped to find, let the staff know! The owners are eager to stock the shop with high-quality options and add to the offerings based on your feedback.
Wags & Whiskers offers both home delivery and curbside pickup options.
Happy Retales offers high-quality pet food, clothing for both pets and people, a self-service dog wash facility, as well as a full-service grooming salon whose staff has 25 years’ experience. What sets this shop apart from any other on our list of favorites is that their knowledgeable, friendly staff is comprised of volunteers, ensuring that the proceeds of their work go directly to local animal rescues.
Happy Retales offers a loyalty program as well; for every 12 bags of food you purchase, you’ll be gifted one free bag! Now offering curbside pickup.
Nashville Holistic Pet focuses on stocking the highest quality dog and cat food, the majority of which is produced in North America. If you are in search of human-grade food to support your pet’s wellness, Holistic Pet has you covered. Choose from freeze-dried, fresh, or bagged options. Feeding a finicky pet? Ask about sample packs before you take home the full size; Nashville Holistic Pet wants to find your pet’s favorite flavor before you commit to a bagful.
In their grooming salon, your canine companion won’t have to spend the day waiting in a crate; instead, they’ll enjoy a spa day playing with the other pets! Of course, you’ll also find harnesses, leashes, collars, beds, and adorable toys for your furry friend.
Owned and operated by local veteran Adam Intihar. Adam and his team hand-craft the delicious dog and cat meals carried in-store or delivered right to your door! Created with the goal of delivering the best nutrition and flavor on the market, this specialty kibble never includes fillers, dyes, or allergens of any kind. With meats like salmon, lamb, duck, whitefish, and chicken supported by brown rice and veggies, your pet will thrive on every offering.
Fresh dog and cat food are on offer here alongside thousands of freeze-dried raw meals, canned foods, gently-cooked foods, treats, and enticing toppers for the pickiest of palates. If you’re not sure which flavors your pet will prefer, be sure to ask for a sample pack.
Nashville Pet Products has six stores throughout Middle Tennessee, each staffed by friendly, knowledgeable pet lovers who are eager to help you choose the best quality food and supplies for your furry, feathered, and aquatic friends. Every customer is guaranteed to receive the best service, including personalized recommendations and assistance carrying purchases out to your vehicle. If it’s raining, your clerk will accompany you with an umbrella, ensuring you’ll be nice and dry when you drive away.
Since 2007, this family-owned pet supply shop and salon has been open 7 days a week, offering pet grooming, dog and pet supplies, and homemade treats. If you’re throwing your pet a party, be sure to take a look at their party hats and birthday treats! Ma and Paws Pet has a large selection curated by experienced, cheerful staff.
In the unlikely event that you don’t see what you’re searching for, be sure to let them know; they’re likely to special-order it for you or change up their offerings to accommodate your needs.
In-store and curbside pickup now available.
Thank you for visiting Parks! When you visit your local pet supply shops, we encourage you to prioritize the health of their staff, their pets, and other shoppers by wearing a mask, entering with clean hands, and using curbside pickup or at-home delivery options when you’re feeling unwell. Let’s band together, Tennessee, and ensure that our community wins the fight against COVID-19 as quickly as possible.