Man's best friend can be expensive. But Santa Monica has a paw-ful of superior grooming spots that will keep your pup looking sharp without biting into your budget.
1. Nemo's Petarazzi
Relatively new to the neighborhood, Nemo's has a Hollywood theme: Dogs are treated like the little stars that their owners usually think they are. From daycare to a new hairdo, the grooming and pet-care possibilities are endless here. The "That's a Wrap" treatment includes a bath, ear cleaning, nail clipping and more. The price is determined by the dog's size, from petite to large, and hair length.
Insider tip: For a big discount, bring in a rescue dog within the first 30 days of adoption.
Price for grooming: $30 and up
Nemo's Petarazzi, 2709 Santa Monica Blvd.; 310-310-3567
Even dogs get stressed out. Add a relaxation package to a bath, and it will include a blueberry facial, moisturizing paw rub and calming tonic. It's a spa day for pets, and Healthy Spot's add-ons are priced to entice you.
Price for grooming: $16 for the add-ons, $35 and up for a bath
Freebies are always welcome. At Yo Dawg, new customers receive more than just a low price as an incentive for a full groom package: Free oatmeal and oil bath upgrades are par for the course for the first visit.
Price for grooming: $35 and up for a bath
Self-car-wash fans might be happy to know that dog washes can work the same way. At Moon Doggy's, for example, the bath and all of the tools, bubbles and more are provided. Dog washing and grooming by someone else is also available, but why miss out on a savings of more than 50 percent when you do it yourself?
Price for grooming: $14 for the fully equipped self-dog wash
Even Montana Ave. has its deals. Competitively priced, what sets this store apart is its convenient location and, yes, its slightly more upscale store (per the street).
Price for grooming: $40 and up for grooming