A.k.a. Spot, 2509 N. Franklin Rd., Arlington; 703-248-0093; akaspot.com. Artsy and luxury items for dogs and cats, premium food and treats, plus a self-service dog wash.
Animal Exchange, 605 Hungerford Dr., Rockville; 301-424-7387; 424pets.com. Bird expert Ruth Hanessian’s shop specializes in locally bred birds and small animals. Also provides boarding and grooming for birds.
The Ark, 601 S. Stonestreet Ave., Rockville; 240-453-0624; arkretailpetandgroom.org. Proceeds benefit the Montgomery County Humane Society, which operates the shop.
Bark, 5805 Clarksville Square Dr., Clarksville, 443-535-0200; 16822 Georgia Ave., Olney, 301-774-1944; barknatural.com. Raw and holistic food and supplies.
Barkley Square, 1 Wales Alley, Alexandria, 703-519-7565; 2006 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, 703-548-3644; barkleysquarebakery.com. Dog and cat treats home-baked with natural and organic ingredients. Also sells high-end accessories and spa-style grooming items.
Bethesda Pet Shoppe, 4919 Elm St., Bethesda; 301-718-8623. Supplies and food for a range of animals. Particularly good source for birds, including a boarding service for birds bought there.
The Big Bad Woof, 117 Carroll St., NW; 202-291-2404; thebigbadwoof.com. Sells raw and organic pet food, fair-trade items, holistic remedies, reclaimed-fleece beds, and pet-shop staples.
Booth Feeds, locations in McLean, Manassas, Warrenton, Lorton, Fredericksburg, and Stafford; boothfeeds.com. Sells dog and cat food and supplies as well as feed for horses, birds, livestock, and exotic pets such as ostriches, llamas, and koi.
Crunchies, 2421 Crofton La., Crofton; 301-261-6280; crunchies.com. Carries an extensive selection of natural and holistic foods and supplements for dogs and cats.
Doggie Style, 1825 18th St., NW; 202-667-0595; doggiestylebakery.com. All-natural, handmade cookies, cakes, and ice cream. Pet supplies, clothing, and grooming available.
Dogma, 2445 N. Harrison St., Arlington; 703-237-5070; dogmabakery.com. Dog activists and owners Michael and Mary Hogan have been serving fresh-baked treats since 2000. Also a boutique.
Dominion Pet Center, 2501 N. Harrison St., Arlington; 703-241-0100. Founded in 1981, this family-owned store carries a wide variety of supplies and food for dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, and more.
Fetch, 101-A S. St. Asaph St., Alexandria, 703-518-5188; 8971 Ox Rd., Lorton, 703-493-8686; fetch-bakery.com. Sells mostly bakery items along with toys and collars. Lorton location is new.
Fresh Pet, 9534 Crain Hwy., Upper Marlboro; 301-856-2794. Natural and holistic food for dogs and cats.
Georgetown Pet Gallery, 3204 O St., NW; 202-333-3174. High-end pet supplies including bedding, carriers, and collars.
Green Pets, 1722 14th St., NW; 202-986-7907; greenpets.com. Carries only human-grade (made with ingredients that people eat, such as honey, oats, and peanut butter) and organic food and supplements. Delivery available within DC.
Nature’s Nibbles, 2601 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; 703-931-5241; naturesnibbles.com. Raw, grain-free, and other specialty foods and supplements for dogs and cats. Delivery available in Northern Virginia and DC.
Paws Pet Boutique, 64 State Cir., Annapolis; 410-263-8683; pawsannapolis.com. Gourmet pet treats and designer supplies.
Pawticulars, 407 Eighth St., SE; 202-546-7387; pawticulars.com. Owner Jennifer Zatkowski is knowledgeable about raw diets and nutrition. Also offers dog-walking and training services.
Pet Barn, 15759 Columbia Pike, Burtonsville; 301-421-0005. Wide range of supplies and food, including raw diets.
PetMac, 822 N. Kenmore St., Arlington, 703-908-7387; 4220 Fessenden St., NW, 202-966-7387; petmac.org. A new partnership between Pet Pantry Express and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, it sells toys, collars, leashes, apparel, and food, with regular adoption events and lectures. A portion of the proceeds supports rescue efforts.
Pet Pantry, 4455 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-363-6644. Neighborhood pet-supply shop with a staff knowledgeable about food and nutrition.
PetSage, 2391 S. Dove St., Alexandria; 703-299-5044; petsage.com. Resource for holistic medicine and alternative therapies. Store offers classes on care and cooking for pets.
Pet Valu, about a dozen locations in Maryland and Virginia; petvalu.com. Wide selection of pet standards at low prices.
Posh Pooch, 8009 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda; 301-652-1199; theposhpooch.com. Trendy accessories, especially for small and toy dogs, as well as a wide selection of pet carriers and bedding.
Pro Feed, 3690-G King St., Alexandria, 703-820-3888; 5542 Randolph Rd., Rockville, 301-468-7387; profeedpet.com. Staff helps customers with nutrition questions and carries heavy purchases to the car. Wide selection of food for all animals, from grocery brands to organic and other specialties.
Pro Pet, 10301 Kensington Pkwy., Kensington; 301-946-2268; kensingtonpetstore.com. Good source of natural and holistic food. Grooming and skin treatments available.
The Reign of Cats and Dogs, 13½ S. King St., Leesburg; 703-669-6920; thereignofcatsanddogs.com. Multiroom walkup space selling designer collars, apparel, bedding, gourmet treats, and other supplies for dogs and cats.
Target, locations in Maryland and Virginia; target.com. Dog supplies; grocery-standard food; leashes; a long line of collars, toys, and dishes; and several varieties of doghouses.
Two Paws Up!, 15 S. Carroll St., Frederick; 301-668-7704; 2pawsup.biz. Features a treat bar and extensive cat section. Grooming available.
Weber’s Pet Supermarket, 11021 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, 703-385-3766; 14508-G Lee Rd., Chantilly, 703-631-2738. Wide range of food—including organic—and supplies for all types of pets.
Whole Pet Central, 1306 E. Gude Dr., Rockville; 301-217-0432; wholepetcentral.com. Formerly Gardon’s Pet Supply, the shop specializes in natural, holistic diets and supplements for dogs, cats, and small mammals.
Wylie Wagg, 11889 Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax, 703-830-5454; 5-B E. Washington St., Middleburg, 540-687-8727; wyliewagg.com. Basic to high-end supplies for dogs and cats. Training services recently added at the Fairfax location.
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