In a time when “treat yo’ self” sends people to dine in some of the trendiest restaurants and travel to the most Instagrammable locations, we often forget there are others who deserve pampering as well. Though they may not tell us directly, pets deserve a day of luxury or even a new chew toy - even if their hardest day of work is fetching the newspaper from the porch.
Give a cute pooch or feline some extra love, and pamper them at one of San Diego’s best pet stores or spas.
Boutiques + stores
Noah’s Natural Pet Market
Through countless hours of research, the staff at Noah’s Natural Market ensures that pet owners have the best selection of food and supplements to choose from. Noah’s specializes in carrying RAW pet foods as well as dry, dehydrated, freeze-dried and canned foods. While shopping, owners can also pick up vitamins, herbal tinctures and, of course, toys for their furry friends. Pet washing and services are available, too.
4431 Cass St., Pacific Beach, 858.270.8161, noahsnaturalpetmarket.com
For pets who yearn to be the most stylish at the dog beach or park, they need a one-stop shop to find the trendiest accessories. Cue in Muttropolis, a store whose passion is to bring quality collars, toys, beds and treats to dogs and cats. Whether pet owners are shopping for a simple leash or a themed party outfit, pets will be turning heads left and right with their new stylish accessory.
La Jolla: 7755 Girard Ave., 858.459.2142; Solana Beach: 227 S. Cedros, 858.755.3648, muttropolis.com
While every day is an opportunity to celebrate your pet, you now have the perfect excuse. Paw Pleasers prepares pet-friendly cakes, treats and ice cream perfect for a birthday or celebration. Custom cakes are available upon request.
2818 University Ave., North Park, 619. 293. 7297, pawpleasers.com
Since 1996, the staff at Dexter’s Deli has been working with customers to find the best food and treats for their pets. As each pet is different, Dexter’s Deli works to accommodate the needs of every pet-owner duo. Aside from the market’s healthiest foods, Dexter’s Deli also sells gear, toys and gifts to make any pooch happy.
Carlsbad: 2508 El Camino Real, 760.720.7507; Del Mar: 1229 Camino Del Mar, 858.792.3707; North Park: 3773 30th St., 619.738.8677, dextersdeli.com
Groomers + dog washers
Peticures by Tess
Located within Paw Pleasers, Tess bring 20 years of experience to owners who want to make their pets extra pretty. In each pedicure service, she pays close attention to detail while providing a pain-free service to your dog. Yes, dogs live a relaxed life already, but why not pamper them a little more?
After a few rolls in the mud, pets need some extra scrubbing to get them back to their furry selves. At Barkhouse, their team provides a variety of services, including facials, washes and complete blow dries, to ensure your pet is relaxed. Self-service was is available also.
311 W. Washington St., Little Italy, 619.255.0545, mybarkhouse.com
Dog Beach Dog Wash
When owner Mindy and Jane took their dog to the beach, they ran into several problems: messiness, lots of laundry and a big headache. To rid owners of stress, they now offer self-serve wash services a few blocks from the beach. Here, pets can be in the comfort of their owners’ presence while getting squeaky clean.
4922 Voltaire St., Ocean Beach, 619.523.1700, dogwash.com
Hairy & Merry
In no particular order, wash, stay, play, food and training are what pets and their owners can find at this Little Italy shop. The boutique pet hotel offers short term play care or overnight care, and to clean up, services include self-wash, express baths and full service grooming.
2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 844.225.4364, hairyandmerry.com
Since 2008, Dirty Dogs has been as San Diego’s best grooming services. With a variety of packages to choose from, owners can choose one too meet their pets’ exact needs. The salon also offers healthy natural products and self-service washes.
Carlsbad: 2521 Palomar Airport Road, 760.438.3478; Carmel Mountain Ranch: 11835 Carmel Mountain Road, 858.451.3647; Carmel Valley: 3840 Valley Centre Drive, 858.3503478; Torrey Hills: 4639 Carmel Mountain Road, 858.259.3647; Solana Beach: 112 W. Plaza St., 858.418.3647, dirtydogs.com