With spa facials, massages, and nail painting, Swanky Paws Pet Spa sounds like a retreat for owners, not their pets. But the pet CPR/First Aid–certified staff members tailor all of their services for the cats and dogs they serve. They treat furry friends to a wide range of pampering services and specialize in fine hand-scissoring for all breeds. Even the basic bath indulges critters with two washings, a deep-cleaning shampoo, a coat conditioner, and a full brush-out. Pets then revel in treatment fit for Air Bud with a breath spray and a sanitary and pad trim, and strut home sporting seasonal bows or bandanas.
In addition to grooming pets, the staff also supervises a small-dog daycare where pups under 25 pounds can romp or discuss which designer’s shoes taste best.
At D-O-G's Pet Spa, head groomer Stephanie helps out all breeds of canine and feline clients with a variety of pampering treatments. During full-service sessions, Stephanie bathes pets and trims their fur to keep them looking beautiful and reduce shedding, which in turn keeps evil wig makers from sneaking into homes in search of stray hairs. Owners can also have pets' nails trimmed to furniture-safe levels and schedule flea and tick dips that protect pets and owners alike from irritating insects.
After working as a veterinary technician, Strutt Your Mutt's owner decided to put her passion for animals toward starting her own dog-grooming business. She lathers up pooches' coats and trims nails and fur during bath and grooming services. Her additional treatments include cleaning canines’ ears, brushing teeth free of cat hair, and maintaining nails with the Dremel, a tool that comfortably clips pets’ claws into shorter, smoother nails.
At The Park Pet Retreat, dog-loving staff members lavish attention and affection on pooches 24 hours a day with cage-free daycare and boarding services. During the daytime hours, dogs romp and socialize in one of three indoor play areas, depending on their size and temperament, and enjoy the sunshine in one of two outdoor spots. Once they've burned off some energy, the soft music of the boarding area lulls them to sleep at night as they rest their heads on soft beds. The retreat keeps owners happy, too—password-protected webcam feeds let them keep tabs on their pets at all hours, and the Tucker Falls Spa bathing station and grooming area allows them to get their pups' coats scrubbed and trimmed at the same facility. Owners can even stock up on supplies at the onsite store, where shelves brim with dog apparel, treats, and protein-rich Orijen dog food, which helps dogs build muscle and improve their marathon times.