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With diversions ranging from a game of catch at a leash-free beach or park to pampering bath and spa treatments to shopping for trendy pet accessories in colorful neighborhoods, a San Diego vacation is a memorable experience for the entire family.

Where to Wash Up

San Diegan's LOVE to take their dogs out to play. In addition to the many groomers in the county, a number of businesses also support outdoor adventures with do-it-yourself pet wash facilities.

Dog Beach Dog Wash
4933 Voltaire Street, San Diego, CA 92107, 619-523-1700
Located just 2 1/2 blocks from the Ocean Beach Dog Beach, Dog Beach Dog Wash is the perfect place to get the sand out after a vigorous beach run and ocean romp. This self-service wash provides owners with everything they need to get their pooch spic and span and even offers self-grooming stations with clippers.

Noah's Natural Pet Market
4431 Cass Street, Pacific Beach, CA 92109, 858-270-8161
A self-service pet wash that provides everything needed to comfortably bathe and groom dogs or cats. No appointment is necessary. Noah's also stocks a wide variety of products including collars, leashes, shampoo, toys and an entire line of holistic, natural dog food, the raw dog diet, dietary supplements and treats.

South Bark Dog Wash
2037 30th Street, San Diego 92104, 619-232-7387
Located in South Park just three blocks from the Grape Street Dog Park, this self-serve soap and social center caters to pet lovers with its famous cleansing and conditioning “blueberry facial” complimentary with each wash package. They offer formulated bath packages that highlight a particular breed's bathing challenges and/or needs. South Bark Dog Wash sells organic soaps and shampoos, food, toys, treats and accessories and they have an outdoor patio area for socializing and relaxing. No appointment necessary.

Dunk 'n Dogs
3056 Clairemont Dr. San Diego, CA  92117 619-276-3047
A family run business located 15 minutes inland from Pacific Beach and Fiesta island, Dunk 'n Dogs offers both self-service dog wash facilities and full service grooming.  They have hydrosurge tubs, all-natural shampoos and conditioners and drying stations. 

City Dogs
550 Park Blvd., San Diego CA 92101 619-269-0201
A good choice if you're staying near downtown.  They offer a host of supplies for the do-it-yourself groomer or you can make an appointment for professional services. 

Solana Beach Do It Yourself Dog Wash
112 West Plaza, Solana Beach, CA 92075 858-755-7778
A quint little shop a block from the beach, they provide everything you need for a do-it-yourself experience.  Or, you can have one of their staff to the grooming for you.

Dirty Dogs
2107 San Elijo Ave, Cardiff by the Sea, CA  92007 760-944-3647
Offering "earth-friendly" pet products, they provide everything you need to wash up yourself.  Or they also offer full-service groooming. Additional locations include Carmel Valley, Carmel Mountain Ranch and Carlsbad. 

Pet Spas & Camps

Whether purebred pooch or well-loved mutt, there is nothing better after a day at the park or a run on the beach than a good bath. With grooming options that range from neighborhood self-serve washes to nationally recognized pet spas, San Diego offers visiting pets lots of ways to get gorgeous.

Holiday Pet Hotel
551 Union Street, Encinitas, CA 92024, 800-374-6744
With luxury spa treatments ranging from skin and coat treatments to pedicures to hydrotherapy massage, it’s no surprise that Holiday Pet Hotel in Encinitas was once named one of the country’s “top 10 places to pamper your pooch” by the Travel Channel. They also offer doggie day care and dog and cat boarding.

Camp Run-A-Mutt
3265 India Street, San Diego, CA 92104 619-795-6421
Offering cage-free daycare, Camp Run-A-Mutt features a splash pond, sun deck, toys and tons of dog-style fun. 

Pet Accessories & Treats

San Diego is home to hip and trendy pet boutiques where animals and their owners can browse the latest in pet fashions, stock up on squeak toys, munch on house-made biscuits and much more. Your dog or cat will be sure to thank you for making them the hippest animals on the block. Following are a few favorite places to sniff out a bargain:

7755 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-459-WOOF (9663)
227 South Cedros, Solana Beach, CA 92075, 858-755-DOGS (3647)
Designer pet boutique for "haute dogs and cool cats" offering an extensive collection of luxury pet gifts, fashionable outfits, and gourmet food and treats.

For store locations, call 888-824-PALS (7257).
Petco Grooming Salons offer full-service grooming and bathing, plus a variety of special services for all breeds of dogs and cats. Appointments not necessary, but recommended. For special dog treats, the Petco Dog Bar is similar to a salad bar and shaped like a dog bone, but this dog bar serves up bones, treats and 21 different healthy, tasty cookies in such shapes as letter carriers, fire hydrants, dog houses, teddy bears, and Oreos.

Paw Pleasers
2818 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104, 619-293-PAWS (7297) 
A full-service dog and cat bakery featuring fresh baked treats, toys and gifts for pampered pets.

Dexter's Deli
1229 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014, 858-792-3707
2508 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008, 760-720-7507
Health food store for dogs and cats, plus toys and gifts.

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