IT'S pretty straightforward to buy a pet such as a cat or dog in Shanghai. You just need to find a shop, fall for the cutest face there, pay up, register and bring the little guy home.
However, it's not that simple to take care of your little friend. Just like human baby, your kitten or puppy will get hungry, dirty, sick, or just bored. And you'll be unable to ignore even the slightest expression of begging on that cute face. You have to get it food, bathe it, take it to the vet and play with it. With all this to consider, finding professional and reliable services can be a lifesaver.
Here are some options in the city for taking care of your pets.
Opened in 2009 and located in the Gubei area of Changning District, PETZOO is a mega pet store from Sweden with an area of more than 2,000 square meters. It's a supermarket featuring all kinds of pets and pet-related products.
You can buy dogs, cats, reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, rabbits, mice and many other pets.
It also includes a pet grooming center, a veterinary hospital and a "pet hotel."
As the largest retailer of pet products on the Chinese mainland, you can find almost anything you need for your pet here - including more than 50 top international brands.
Prices are not cheap, but quality and service are excellent.
Its pet hospital offers more than 500 kinds of treatment.
It's a perfect option if you want your pet to enjoy the best.
Address: 3F, 951 Hongxu Road
Tel: 6262-6006, 800-620-7777
Opening hours: 9am-10pm
Founded in Taiwan in 1993, Naughty Family Pet Company has established a good reputation for its pet products, pet grooming service and pet medical treatment.
It has two branches in the city, in Changning District and the Pudong New Area.
It also owns 1.3 hectares' breeding center and a 2-hectare pet park in Qingpu District. The pet park, for VIP members, features a "pet sports park," a swimming pool, a pet spa and training programs.
Its pet hospital is fitted with advanced medical equipment including ultrasound and X-ray scanners.
The pet hospital has links with the College of Veterinary Medicine of the Chung Hsing University in Taiwan. Experts there help, through video link, diagnose and treat difficult conditions.
Aoxiong Dingding Pet Chain Store was opened by Shanghai Aoxiong Pet Grooming Training School in 2010. The pet grooming school was established in 2005, in a venture with the Beauty Line Pet Grooming College in South Korea.
Now, it has eight branches in Shanghai. It has also opened two chain stores in neighboring Suzhou, Jiangsu Province.
All are decorated in a homely style and specialize in grooming, as staff are trained and qualified by Aoxiong school. Outlets also sell pet products and offer pet hotel services.