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Best Dog Groomers in La Mesa, CA

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6030 Santo Road, San Diego, CA 92124 Rating

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4.5 (128)
5.0 (8)

Why choose this provider?

Dirty Paws Petwash & Grooming is a San Diego-based pet grooming business that serves clients in La Mesa. To reduce the level of stress suffered by dogs being separated from their owners, it has set appointment times that do not go beyond three hours. Its full-service groom includes bath, hair cut, nail trimming, ear cleaning, and anal glands. Its experienced staff works in a safe work environment equipped with raised tubs, shampoo, towels, and dryers. It also offers self-wash services for pets that need a quick bath.

8247 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91942 Rating

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4.6 (10)

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Village Pet Salon is a business in La Mesa that offers dog grooming services. This family-owned company has pet groomers who build relationships with pet-clients to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable salon experience. Its bath and brush package covers deep coat conditioning, nail trimming, blow-drying, and ear cleaning procedures, with an option for add-on services upon the dog owners' request. The haircut package has additional ear plucking, specialty-cut, and hand scissoring assistance. Village Pet Salon also provides blueberry facial and deshedding options.

5544 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92115 Rating

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4.6 (129)
4.6 (43)

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Paws & Bows Pet Grooming is a professional pet grooming salon serving small to large dogs in La Mesa. Full grooming sessions include oatmeal shampoo, hypo-allergenic conditioner, teeth brushing, anal glands expression, nail trimming, ear cleaning, and cologne. Additionally, it offers shave downs for overall matted and tangled coats. It features grooming equipment such as the Clipper Vac system, the HydroSurge bathing system, and hydraulic grooming tables. Customers with multiple dogs will need different appointments depending on the services needed.

9612 Dale Avenue, Spring Valley, CA 91977 Rating

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4.9 (16)
5.0 (14)
4.5 (11)

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The Happy Hound is a dog grooming shop serving residents of La Mesa and its surrounding areas. Leslie, the shop owner, has 11 years of dog grooming experience during which she learned new grooming techniques, creative grooming, and the "Asian fusion" grooming style. Leslie specializes in dealing with hard-to-groom dogs. She only uses thoroughly tested groomer-grade shampoos and products on her clients' pets. She does not groom cats but can clip their nails for her customers instead.

4834 Rolando Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92115 Rating

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4.5 (130)
4.7 (121)
5.0 (19)

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Barkin'dales Dog Wash & Boutique is a pet care facility that serves the needs of pet owners in La Mesa and the surrounding communities. Its list of services includes full-service wash, de-shedding, nail clip, sanitary trim or touch-up, and anal gland suppression. The grooming package includes bath, clip, nail trim, basic ear cleaning, and anal glands if needed. Self-service dog washes are also available. It also sells a variety of dog shampoos from Furminator, Mauro, and Isle of Dog.

3855 Avocado Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91941 Rating

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5.0 (37)
5.0 (34)
5.0 (27)

Why choose this provider?

Locally owned and operated, The Doggy Detailer offers professional pet grooming services and spa treatment for those in and around La Mesa. It provides a cage-free environment where small to large pets can play freely. Pet owners can choose which non-toxic, biodegradable, and professional-grade shampoo to use for their pets. The center's groomers handle ear cleaning, nail trimming, and anal glands expression. The Doggy Detailer also carries NuVet nutritional supplements, which are made of natural, human-grade ingredients.

El Cajon, CA Rating

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4.0 (17)

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Grooming by Design is a mobile pet spa operated by a couple. Jimmy, the husband, is an experienced vet technician. The duo serves clients in La Mesa and other areas. The couple offers full-service, personalized grooming for cats and dogs, which include includes flea and tick control, medicated baths, dental care, and anal gland expression. The mobile spa maintains an airconditioned van equipped with heated water. All workspaces are sanitized and cleaned before every grooming. This one-on-one salon experience for pets is booked by appointment.

Compare our Top Dog Groomers

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Dirty Paws Petwash & Grooming
6030 Santo Road, San Diego, CA 92124
Village Pet Salon
8247 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91942
Paws & Bows Pet Grooming
5544 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92115
The Happy Hound
9612 Dale Avenue, Spring Valley, CA 91977
Barkin'dales Dog Wash & Boutique
4834 Rolando Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92115
The Doggy Detailer
3855 Avocado Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91941
Grooming by Design A Mobile Pet Grooming
El Cajon, CA


  • What is dog grooming?

    Grooming is a key part of keeping your dog’s coat and skin healthy. Brushing and combing stimulate circulation in your dog’s skin and help keep fur clean between baths. Bathing gets rid of the dirt, and depending on the soap used, bathing can moisturize, relieve itching, or kill parasites, like fleas and ticks.

  • How can I groom my dog at home?

    Brushing should be a part of every dog owner’s routine to keep the fur in excellent condition. Ideally, brush your dog’s coat at least twice a week. Choose tools to match your dog’s coat, such as a wide-toothed brush for longer, coarse fur and a narrow-toothed brush for shorter fur.

  • How often should I groom my dog?

    You should typically brush your dog twice a week and bathe it once a month. Frequent brushing removes loose debris and distributes natural oils from your dog’s skin throughout its coat. Monthly bathing usually prevents fur from getting smelly without overdrying a dog’s skin.

  • What is included in dog grooming?

    Some basic services to expect from a professional dog groomer include bathing, brushing, and trimming fur. Groomers generally make sure to remove matted fur and clip fur into breed-specific styles. Groomers also clean ears and clip a dog’s nails when needed.

  • Does dog grooming include nail clipping?

    While dog groomers typically trim nails, it isn’t necessarily included with a basic grooming session. Every groomer is different, and while one may include it, another groomer may charge an extra fee. Some other additional services groomers offer include expressing anal glands, brushing teeth, skin therapy regimens, and flea treatments.

  • How long does dog grooming take?

    Expect a full grooming session to take two or three hours. If your dog has thick fur, it could take even longer. Making sure your dog’s coat is dry is one detail that takes extra time. It’s important that the coat be completely dry to prevent hot spots, known as acute moist dermatitis.

  • Should I bathe my dog before grooming?

    You rarely need to bathe your dog before taking it to a groomer. However, it may depend on the groomer’s personal preferences. For example, if you’re taking your dog in for a detailed style, your groomer may prefer that the basic grooming steps be done ahead, such as bathing and brushing out matted fur.