About Burton’s Total Pet
Burton opened his first store on McKnight Road in Pittsburgh in March 1993. The mission has always been to put your pets first. Burton wanted to cut through the misinformation about pet care and pet nutrition. Although the remaining Total Pet stores closed in November of 2018, Burton remains available for people in need of pet help. You can email him directly or contact him through the Facebook page.
Our goal was not just to sell “stuff,” but provide product and care information for the good of your pet — because pets are family too.
Burton Patrick started his career as a fish hatchery biologist for the state of Michigan in 1967. He has a B.A. in Zoology from the University of Illinois and graduate level work at three universities in biology and fishery management. In 1970 he went on to build, own and manage trout farms and specialty livestock for the next 19 years. In 1989 he retired from farming and became the operations manager of the Detroit Zoo. Then in 1993 he opened the Pittsburgh pet supply stores that would become Burton’s Total Pet. For five years, Burton hosted the KDKA Pet Supplies “Plus” Hour before going on to host the TV show dedicated to pet care called “Pets and Their People” on PCNC.