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Pets AT Home - Online!!
Member Name: MollyWH
Advantages: Lots of useful info, good range of products
Disadvantages: Expensive delivery
Having lots of animals I like having a look through various animal related websites to have a look at any new items I can find. It is also useful to look at animal related websites as quite often they have lots of useful information regarding various pets which is always useful to read.
This is where I came across www.petsathome.co.uk which is the online version of the shop Pet's At Home.
About The Website
The website is well laid out, with the main colour of the site being green which continues with the green theme used in the stores. The layout of the site is not too flamboyant and if anything looks a bit boring as it is done in a very simple manner but to be honest, in some ways I prefer this as it means that it is so easy to find your way around.
This is an excellent website for any animal lover. One thing I really like about this site is that it doesn't specialise in one type of animals and actually caters for dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents such as hamsters, gerbils and rats, fish and finally they are meant to be introducing a range for reptiles which should be coming soon. So as you can see, they pretty much cater for anything, fluffy, feathery or scaly, there is something for everyone.
Anyone is welcome to browse the website but if you actually want to buy something then you will need to register with them first.
Features On The Website
There is a search option on the left hand side of the main page. This is a great tool to use if you know what you are looking for, just type it in here and you will be forwarded t the page that contains what you are looking for.
There are five main sub heading on the main page which are cat, dog, aquatics, bird and small mammals. When you click on each tab, you are taken to another section of the site. For example, if you click on dog, you are then taken through to the dog section where you are shown a variety of products for dogs such as treats, toys and flea treatments among other things. This is the same for each category, you are taken through to the relevant section where it is relatively easy to find what you are looking for by browsing through their pages.
On the main page, you will find a Store Finder section which is very easy to use. There are Pets At Home stores located all across the country and to find the store nearest to you, you just type in your postal code and it will list all the stores nearest to you.
There is a store events section which is one of my favourite sections of the site. This consists of an area where you can find out about any special promotions or days that are being held at the various Pet's At Home Stores. For example, by looking at this website, I have found the following events being held at my local Pet's At Home: Dog Photography and Dog Dayz. These events basically mean that you can turn up to the store and have your pet photographed (obviously you have to pay for this) and the Dog Dayz is where they have professional trainers in store who will give you any advise you may need about your animals.
Other store events they do are quite simple things like having a small table set up just outside the store in which a charity sits and you are asked if you would like to sign up. Myself and my boyfriend were asked when we were walking into our local shop last year and normally it really annoys me when we are asked to give to charity but the women was so nice and friendly and didn't push at all. In the end we signed up because it was for the 'Kent Wildlife Trust' and I like to support local charities and it was all about helping Kent's Wildlife and to top it off, only cost £15 a year so we could hardly complain at that. The Store Finder section also gives you information about which charities attend which stores so if you have an interest in a charity you can pop to your local store to ask the representatives any questions.
The Pet Care section provides care sheets for various animals. There is also a section that offers Vet advice. These pages are updated often and I always like to have a read through them as there is so much information which is useful to any pet owner. Also in this section there is a guide for new pet owners along with and tips and tricks - such as signs of a healthy pet, and choosing the right pet for you and your family.
Offers In Store
This section details all the best offers that are currently on at Pet's At Home. I find it quite useful to browse through this section as quite often there are items that I might not have tried but would do because of the special offer. This means that my pets often get to try new items and I don't pay too much for the privilege.
Pet's At Home Club
You can sign up to the Pet's At Home club either through their website, or quite often they have leaflets in store which provide you with details of how to sign up. The club is free to join and basically means that every month you get a Pet's At Home magazine along with a page of money off coupons which you can use in store or online when buying any of their products. I really do think this is a nice touch as it costs nothing to join the club and you get money off vouchers every month for doing so. When you have a zoo like me these vouchers really come in handy! I also like having a read through the magazine as there are always some interesting articles in there.
I would definitely recommend that any animal lover visit this site. It is a great way of getting tips and any advice you may need for your animal. That's something that I really like about this site, it isn't all about trying to sell you stuff, the actually provide you with practical tips etc.
There is a wide range of items to buy, and a great selection for each and every animal. I enquired in store about a reptile range and was informed about a month ago that they were currently trying to introduce a reptile range which will be interesting for me but currently they have nothing for reptiles which is a bit of a downside. The other downside is that delivery charges are quite expensive - £3.95. Personally, I use the site more as a point to look for information and items in store and then I drive to my local store which isn't too far away rather than paying the delivery fee.
Summary: Pets At Home - Online!!