Meet Your Neighbors by the Downtown London Association Features Petacular

November 15, 2019 – Petacular on 57 York Street in downtown
London, you’ll find two furry and friendly rabbits named
Harrison and Penny, who are Petacular’s mascots. You’ll also
find a store full of all-natural pet supplies and grooming services.
Owner Ted Ellwood, also President and CEO of Peloton Minerals
Corporation on Wellington Street in London, opened the York
Street store along with his wife in 2005.

“My wife was a dog agility trainer and nutritionist who was very passionate about animals,” says Ted, “The store is her legacy and is run by our wonderful manager, Danielle.”
Ted, who is a London local and who lives downtown felt London needed a downtown pet store that sold all-natural products and
that acted as a hub for pet-needs in the downtown core, “My wife and I had to drive outside of the downtown to get anything
pet-related and we felt that pet owners in the downtown needed access to all-natural products.”
Whether you’re looking for something for your cat, rabbit, bird,
fish or any small animal, Petacular carries lots of Canadian-based and unique supplies. The store even gets some products from
St.Mary’s, Ontario.
“We want you to have an experience when you come into
Petacular—say hi to Harrison and Penny—and really feel that it is a family-oriented environment,” says manager Danielle Adam.
Recently, Harrison and Penny were featured in ‘Bunnyzine,’ a
monthly, digital and popular bunny magazine, for their tricks,
and Instagram account.
Petacular also offers one-on-one grooming services, which allows for dogs that may be frightened or elderly to not feel the pressure of being around other animals at the same time.
“The groomers are very experienced and our services range from bathings to full grooms, nails ears or teeth,” says Ted, “Groomings can also be arranged seven days per week.” Nails are also only
$6.00 on Sundays from 12 noon to 5pm!
From September 30th-October 4th, be sure to check out
Harrison’s Birthday Party event at the store. Petacular raised over $700 last year for a rabbit charity!
Additionally, Ted plans to have an ‘End of Construction
Celebration Sale’ around November. If you would like to be
featured in Meet Your Neighbours please contact Colleen at 
colleen@downtownlondon.caLearn more

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Walking Your Cat On A Leash!

With spring around the corner pretty soon your cat will be pining at the door or window to go outside. Since outdoor cats have lower life expectancies we recommend that you do not give in to the constant meowing no matter how much it tugs at your heart.

Walking Your Cat on a Leash!
Walking Your Cat on a Leash!

Instead, consider training your cat to walk on a lead. While it wouldn’t be your cat’s first choice, they enjoy it nevertheless, and it’s also fun for you to get outside for a walk with your cat.  

This blog is intended to help you train your cat to walk on a lead. We’ve provided a step by step training guideline that includes some tools, tips and general observations from our own experience to help you successfully walk your cat on a lead.  We hope you both enjoy!

General Observations

The earlier you start with your cat or kitten with a harness and lead (or leash) the better. Younger kittens are obviously more open to adopting new ideas than older cats. Having said that, it is not hard or impossible to train a mature cat to walk in a harness and leash. The keys are: using reward and praise; making it a pleasurable experience for your cat; properly accustoming your cat to wearing the harness and; patience…. Your patience, not the cat’s! 

A sure way to ruin your chances is to in any way try to force the issue. You want to avoid a battle of wills at all costs as, we all know who will lose. Ideally, you want to tune yourself in to the cat’s reactions during the training process and effectively let the cat guide you.

Training Guideline

Buy a well-fitting Cat Harness  and a lightweight Cat Lead.  Don’t look at dog leashes as the hardware (snap) is usually too heavy. As well, don’t use a collar as cats can often slip out of them and/or most cat collars are designed to breakaway in the event of a snag. Should the cat pull or dart with the leash attached to a breakaway collar it could easily do what it has been designed to do (break away) and your cat is gone. Go with a well-fitting harness and nothing else.

Once you buy the harness and leash DO NOT run home and immediately try to take your cat to the outside. Set aside the fact that your cat has been meowing at the window or door for months. If you introduce the concept in the wrong way, you will lose any chance to walk the cat on a leash. INSTEAD, take the new harness and leash out of the packaging and simply place them somewhere near one of your cat’s favorite sleeping places or hiding spots. The intent is to let your cat sniff and become accustomed to them over a few days.

Your first training session, and many after, will be just before a regular feeding time. As above, a key technique is to use reward and praise. Cats are the most receptive just before feeding and you can use this as a training advantage. 

After your cat has become accustomed to the new items for a few days, put the harness on your cat just before the regular feeding time and then immediately put down the food.

Praise excessively when the meal is done and let him/her wear the harness around for a while. If your cat is bothered by the harness after the meal pull out a favorite toy for distraction and to extend the harness experience. Take the harness off after a short, reasonable time and look toward longer experiences in subsequent training exercises.

Repeat the harness, feeding and toy exercise over the next several days. Gradually try to extend the period that your cat has the harness on and isn’t bothered by it. If your cat immediately accepts the harness and has no issues in this regard DO NOT skip ahead on any of the next steps. While your cat might be exceptional and you may be a gifted cat trainer, there is still trouble ahead.

Now that your cat is used to the harness attach the leash but, don’t hold onto the other end. Do this inside your house. Let your cat get used to it and drag it around but watch your cat during this process to ensure it doesn’t become tangled on furniture. Do not leave your cat alone with the leash attached.

Let that exercise continue for a few days and remember to praise your cat every time you put on the harness, attach the leash, etc. Again, the keys are reward, praise, accustoming your cat and your patience.

Next, pick up the end of the leash and follow your cat around the house for a few more days. Be careful not to restrict it’s movement by keeping the tension slack. DO NOT try to force it to go anywhere that it doesn’t want to go and whatever you do, don’t try to get it to heal! Dogs will heal, not cats.

Next, start to teach your cat to follow you by encouraging and talking to it in a fun, cajoling manner while lightly pulling on the leash. Make it pleasurable, praise excessively, and use plenty of the favorite cat treats. At this stage particularly you do not want a war of wills. If your cat objects, stop until it relaxes. Try again later or wait until tomorrow, just before feeding time. Again, patience!

Once you have mastered it around the house, the great outdoors is the next step. Start slow in the backyard or a small enclosed outside area. Although your cat has been pining for the outdoors they are usually quite nervous when first provided the opportunity.Once outdoors, gradually increase your range and experiences with your cat. Be careful that you are not walking routes commonly used by dog walkers. A confrontation with a dog could cause your cat to panic and you want to avoid this, especially early on. As time goes on, your cat may become accustomed to dogs and this will not be a concern.

Why Choose Petacular’s Professional Grooming Salon?

There are many good pet grooming salons in London, Ontario, but only one Petacular Grooming Salon! This is what sets Petacular apart:


  • One-On-One Personalized Care:
    • Unlike other salons, Petacular is always a one-on-one experience for your pet.
    • No strange pets’ will be booked for an appointment at the same time as yours and we never overlap appointments times.
    • Only one groomer will be taking care of your pet. This makes the experience a more relaxing and less stressful experience for your special pet.
    • We understand that every pet has different personalities and traits. We cater every appointment to your pets’ needs!
  • We love the Earth!
    • We take pride in using products that are safe for the environment. All our shampoos (excluding the flea bath) are 100% environmentally friendly.  We love the earth and we love your pets’ so why not take care of both?
  • Your pet equals your choices!
    • We work with YOU to get your pets’ hairstyle to look as close to what you want as possible, while staying in the confines of what your pets’ hair can achieve.
    • Upgrade your pets’ bath to one of our specialized shampoos or treatments
    • If you want your pet to have a Mohawk we can make it happen!
  • 100% certified groomers!
    • All our Petacular groomers have graduated and achieved certificates/diplomas from hands-on grooming schools
    • All new employees receive training with our staff to ensure their technique is on par with our requirements.
Petacular Grooming Salon -Services and Prices**


A Bath and/or Brush Appointment Includes:

  • Fur assessment by a trained professional
  • Massage and a Bath with Earthbath shampoo
    • or waterless bath
    • or no bath at all (does not change the price)
  • Blow dry or cage dry
  • Conditioning Earthbath cologne
    • Or no cologne
  • Brush out (See De-shedding Add Ons for more options)
  • Nail clip
  • Ear cleaning
  • For additional services please see BATH UPGRADES and GROOMING SERVICE ADD ONS

A Full Groom Appointment Includes:

  • Fur, skin and body assessment by a trained professional
  • Massage and a Bath with regular Earthbath shampoo
    • or waterless bath
    • or no bath at all (does not change the price)
  • Blow dry or cage dry
  • Trim, clip, shave
  • Brush and style
  • Nail clip
  • Ear cleaning
  • For additional services please see BATH UPGRADES and GROOMING SERVICE ADD ONS
Grooming Appointment Price** List
Pet Type and Size Bath and/or Brush Full Groom
Rabbit* $40 N/A
Cat $40-50 $65-$75
Toy, X-Small and Small (under 20lbs) $35-40 $40-$50
Medium (under 40lbs) $40 $50-60
Medium-large (under 60lbs) $40-50 $60-80
Large (under 80lbs) $50-70+ $80+
X-Large and Giant (over 80 pounds) $70+ $120+


Bath Upgrades
Problem Ask us to Add: Price
BUGS!!! Flea/Tick Bath or See Flea Fee $15
Oily or greasy skin/fur

Foreign substance in fur

Degreasing Bath – one or two applications depending on severity $10-20

Sensitive skin

Hypo-Allergenic Bath and No cologne $7
Itchy and/or flaky skin

Mildly irritated skin

Medicated Bath and Hot Spot/Itch Relief Spray $10
Mild Shedding

Shedding prevention

De-Shedding BATH ONLY

–        See De-Shedding add on if needed


Or “My pet stinks”

De-Skunk Bath – one or two applications depending on severity $10-20
Dull or stained Coat Whitening/ Brightening Bath $7


ADD ONS (See Walk Ins for walk in pricing)
Anal Gland Expressing $10
De-shedding bath with extra brushing $15-$30
Nose Balm: Sooths and protects dry noses $7
Paw Treatment:  Soothing paw massage for dry/cracked paw pads and temporary protection from cold, salt and hot pavement $7
Specialty Styling: Mohawk, Full body Mohawk, Artistic Stencilling $7-20
Teeth Brushing and fresh breath spray $10


Mandatory Grooming Service Fees  
FLEA FEE Fleas are present on the pet $15
MATTED DOG FEE Pet is extremely matted/tangled $15
LATE PICK UP FEE $20 for the first hour plus an additional $10 per 30 mins


WALK-IN SERVICE – Only available when a staff member trained in the service is on duty and available.
Anal Gland Expressing $15
Bird* Nails and/or Wing clip $10
Ear Cleaning $10
Ear Cleaning with plucking $15
Face Clip $10+
Nail Clip $10

Sunday 12-5pm

Paw Trim/Paw Pad Shave Out $15+
Rabbit* Anal Gland Cleaning $10+
Rabbit* Sanitary Clean up $15+
Sanitary Clip $15
Matted Spot Shave $7+
Teeth Brushing with fresh breath spray $10

*Only available when an employee trained in these procedures is present.  Due to the sensitive nature of rabbits, we will never shave or bath a rabbit.  We can clean sanitary areas and trim out/ thin out matted hair, only when it is safe to do so.  Please call before walking in, so we can ensure a safe and stress free environment for your pet. Please ensure your rabbit/bird is in perfect health and can handle the trip to the salon stress free.  If the animal shows any signs of distress we will stop the procedure and discontinue the groom.

**Until your pet is fully assessed in person by our groomer, all prices listed (including verbal prices) are estimates only.  See the section on FEES for special situations that may cause an increase in price.  Most booked appointments are for services that take a minimum of one hour.  See the WALK IN price list for services that do not need an appointment or call the store and speak to our groomer.

Fromm Pet Foods & Food Safety


Fromm Pet Food

One of our favorite brands is the Fromm Family pet foods. Aside from a fabulous array of formulas, including many grain free options for dogs and cats, the thing we like best is the Fromm dedication to food safety. In fact, we feed Fromm to our own pets for that very reason.

Rather than reiterate all of the things that Fromm does well in the food safety area, we have re-printed what they have to say about it below. The following is reprinted from the Fromm website at


We own and operate two manufacturing facilities in our home state of Wisconsin — located in Mequon and Columbus. Every bag of Fromm dog and cat food originates from one of these facilities. Owning and operating our plants allows us to have full control over the quality and safety of the products we produce. This encompasses everything including, sanitation and pest control, facility maintenance, employee training, sourcing of ingredients, in-house lab analysis, preparation of meat and produce, formulation and blending, processing, packaging, warehousing and distribution.


Part of the overall commitment we have to you — the pet parent— and to your pet is our dedication to producing high quality, safe and consistent pet foods. We have made food safety our highest priority and have implemented HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) programs in our manufacturing plants. HACCP is a comprehensive preventative program used to identify vulnerabilities and establish documented controls to alleviate the potential issue.


Our Approved Supplier Program ensures that ingredients have been tested by our suppliers and are secure and unadulterated until they are received at our plants. The ingredients are sampled and not unloaded until our own on-site testing labs can verify the safety and integrity of the received load. In process testing is also done at our labs to confirm our formulations are complying with guaranteed analysis as stated on our labels.

All of our packaged pet foods are sampled and tested by an outside lab for pathogenic bacteria. The product is held and cannot be shipped until lab results are obtained and the product is cleared. This is the final step that ensures that all of our pet foods are wholesome and unadulterated.


Every package of Fromm product you find on retail shelves includes a unique batch code which allows us to trace each product through processing, formulation and back to the individual ingredient supplier.


Compliance to federal, state and local regulations is of the utmost importance. To ensure this compliance we perform audits of our procedures, programs and documentation on a regular basis. We are also subjected to random and periodic inspections performed by outside agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

Pamper Your Kitty With A Luxurious Grooming At Our Spa!

Cats are incredibly persnickety by nature. You have most likely witnessed your kitty involved in lengthy bathing sessions several times a day. For the most part, cats are able to take care of themselves quite well. However, sometimes they need a little help.

Bringing your favorite feline to Petacular’s experienced cat groomers in London, Ontario has a number of major advantages. We have the training skills and experience with cat grooming to get your cat looking beautiful with minimal trauma.

If you have never dealt with matted and tangled cat hair at home, you run the serious risk of injuring your kitty, which in some cases will lead to the need of immediate veterinary attention. Therefore, such cat grooming is best left to the professionals here at Petacular.

Even if you have a fair amount of expertise when it comes to wielding a metal comb and a slicker brush, you may still want to turn to cat grooming professionals like us from time to time. Perhaps your kitty has a particularly bad tangle or mat, maybe it is an especially heavy shedding period, or maybe you just want to show your beloved feline a little extra love with the full treatment. Regardless of your reasons for bringing your cat to us for a quality grooming session, you can rest assured that she will get the very best attention and great care will be taken to get your kitty looking her very best.

Regular brushing and combing will stimulate your cat’s skin and help to keep her coat healthy and clean. Shorthaired cats need a good combing or brushing at least once a week, while longhaired cats should receive this basic grooming about every other day. We offer a variety of quality cat grooming supplies.

In addition, cat’s ears, eyes, nails and teeth need to be checked on a regular basis. Some cats are prone to tearing and need their eyes wiped with a soft and warm, moist cloth. Their ears can build up with wax or dirt; therefore, they need to be checked at least twice each month. In some cases, the matter needs to be flushed out by a professional cat groomer.

The nails need to be clipped at least once a month. Without the proper care and experience, there is risk of trimming the nail to the quick and causing pain or bleeding. Fortunately, we have plenty of experience with trimming nails, and you can bring your kitty in on Wednesdays and Sundays for a great discount on nail clipping.

Petacular specializes in cat grooming in the London, Ontario, area. We appreciate the special needs of your cat. We go to great lengths to ensure maximum comfort and safety. Bring your kitty in today for a luxurious cat grooming session.

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