It is a well-known fact that the UK is a nation of animal lovers; in 2018 the pet population of the UK was estimated to be in the region of a whopping 51 million.

If you are looking to upgrade gadgets for your pets or stock up on their favourite dinner then you won’t want to miss any of these pet friendly Black Friday deals we found online.

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What is Black Friday?

This mammoth shopping event started life in the USA where it has been made world famous for images of endless crowds camping outside of stores and frantic dashes for cut price offers once doors open.

Thankfully the tradition of out of this world deals has made its way over to our side of the pond, but the survival of the fittest style crowds have stayed firmly on the other side of the Atlantic.

Many retailers now offer Black Friday deals online allowing you to shop for less conveniently from your phone, computer or tablet.

Isn’t Black Friday just for TVs and electronics?

In years past it was indeed electronics* that saw some of the biggest price cuts during Black Friday with TVs and games consoles being some of the most popular items to snap up.

As Black Friday grows in popularity, more and more retailers are getting in on the discounting action which means that now you can find almost anything in the Black Friday sales, including pet* supplies and things like automatic feeders/water fountains, laser pens, pet cameras and digital pet thermometers .

When is Black Friday?

Mark your calendars for Friday November 23rd so you don’t miss out on this year’s extravaganza.

While the date changes each year, Black Friday always fall on the 4th Friday of November making it the perfect way to kick off your Christmas shopping as well as stock up on essentials.

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Black Friday for pets

Whether you have a soft spot for puppy love, are a proud cat lady or a budding budgie enthusiast you will know that the cost of keeping your favourite pet, be they scaled, feathered or furry, can quickly add up.

The costs to pet owners don’t just come from keeping them fed and watered; they also need places to sleep, tasty treats and durable toys to name just a few.

Get your four legged friends in on the Black Friday fun with our run down of stores to watch, along with tips & tricks to get the most out of this year’s retail extravaganza for your pets.

Will I find pet food in the Black Friday sales?

Yes, many popular pet food brands will be discounted this year.

Amazon*may not seem like an obvious place to get pet food from but with a whole variety of wet and dry foods, freeze dried options and even food toppers you are sure to find the right fit for even the pickiest of eaters.

Brand wise you will find favourites such as Pedigree, Harington’s and Sheba for four-legged fellows and Tetra and Aquarian for fishy friends.

Bags of pet food can get heavy very quickly so be on the lookout for free delivery- a popular feature of many Black Friday offers. Getting those bulk bags delivered right to your door is worth its weight in gold!

A quick note about getting half price pet food this Black Friday: Your pet is probably used to a certain diet, don’t upset their stomach by switching to a completely new brand or type of food just because you find a good deal on it.

If you are going to use Black Friday as an opportunity to try something new make sure to carefully follow any directions for switching food sources in order to keep Fluffy or Fido’s stomach full and happy.

What pet friendly stores take part in Black Friday?

  • Pets at Home*– Keeping this year’s deals close to their chests, Pets at Home start their sales early on Wednesday November 21st. Personally we are hoping for discounts on their biOrb aquariums and tanks; these beautiful ecosystems are perfect for small spaces and a great introduction to fishkeeping.   
  • Zooplus*- In previous years Zooplus gave out 20% discounts on top brands like James Wellbeloved, Naturediet and Wolf of Wilderness, while also giving the added boost of doubling points on all treats, toys and accessories; perfect for regular Zooplus shoppers (and dogs that chew through Kong toys at lightning speed).
  • Wilko*- With discounts of up to 50% in 2017, Wilko could be the one stop shop for your pet needs and just about everything else from Make up to baby clothes! We have our eye on the Petlife covered litter tray that keeps smells and litter firmly locked up inside.
  • Dyson*- Being covered in pet hair is an inevitability of owning a furry friend but there are ways to fight back! Grab a Ball Animal vacuum, perfect for picking up pet hair, or a Pure Cool purifying tower that can filter out any free-floating pet dander in the air.
  • Carpetright*- Pets doing their daily zoomies around the house can take quite a toll on your carpets, not to mention the occasional accident or housetraining mishap. With 50% off selected ranges why not replace your old carpets with a hardwearing polypropylene or Berber style that will last and look good.

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What are ways to get the most out of Black Friday this year?

  • Sign up for newsletters and reward clubs

Be the first to know about deep discounts and offers that are not to be missed by signing up for newsletters in advance. Many pet stores also offer reward clubs that can give you better bonuses and even early access to the sales.

  • Know what you need

Instead of wading through mountains of products and offers, make a priority list of what you actually need for your pet and work your way through it. Once you have those items checked off and purchased browse to your heart’s content.

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What should I do if I miss Black Friday?

The bulk of deals are going to hit on November 23rd but if you find yourself tied up on the day don’t worry. Many retailers extend their deals across the whole weekend, so it is still worth having a look to see what is available from your favourite shops.

And if the hustle and bustle of Black Friday simply doesn’t appeal to you check out the year round deals we have found right here