Keeping your dog or cat maintained and groomed can sometimes seem like a never-ending battle, especially during the summer in Chicago. Whether it’s the multitude of dog walking parks and beaches or just more time out in the backyard, keeping your pets’ coats and nails looking their best can be less stressful when using a professional groomer. While the previous article, “Best Chicago Animal Groomers & Pet Shops,” offered some great suggestions, there is an abundance of great groomers in and around the Chicago area. If you’re looking to try out a new spot or just looking around at the differing grooming services offered, check out some of these pet salons that can make a real difference in the look and feel of your pet.
The Barking Lot
2201 Gary Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187
Located in the Wheaton suburb just outside of Chicago, The Barking Lot is a luxury pet grooming establishment that offers additional services and products. Bring in your cat or dog for grooming and pick from a number of services. A reservation is required for all grooming services, and each pet is priced based on its size and need. Typically for a smaller dog, the price range can be between $40 and $45. A full-service appointment entails a bath, full brush out, haircut, ear cleaning and nail trimming.
Chicago Grooming Academy
4531 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Owned and operated by professional School of Dog Grooming graduate, Steve Cox, Chicago Grooming Academy is a vocational school certified by the Illinois State Board of Education. Pet owners can rest assured that their pet is in good hands while being groomed. While the occasional walk-in can sometimes receive grooming services when the groomer is not busy, it is recommended to make an appointment. New dogs will need to provide shot records for the groomer, and grooming services vary in price depending on the size of the animal. A full-service appointment for a smaller-sized dog can generally average around $52.
Scrub A Dub Dub
1478 W. Summerdale Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Located in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, Scrub A Dub Dub is a cage-free facility that uses all-natural shampoos and rinses for your pets. Appointments are necessary for grooming services, and a pet day care option with a $10 added fee can be extended for those running errands while out and about. Small breaks are taken during the grooming services to ensure pets are not overwhelmed during the process. Full-service appointments include a bath, pad trim, nail clipping, ear cleaning, fluff or speed drying, full brush out and anal gland expression. For an extra $8, your pet can even get their teeth brushed for a fresh new mouth after grooming.
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Bow Wow Lounge
1744 W. Winona St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Groomers at Bow Wow Lounge take extra care in providing the best cuts and grooming services for all of the pets that are brought in. Whether it’s trying to duplicate a particular cut or just deal with a fussy pet, Bow Wow Lounge has a high groomer-to-animal ratio to ensure your pet is well taken care of. All-natural, PH-balanced and even aromatherapy and oatmeal shampoos are offered. The prices for grooming services are very reasonable, starting at $25 for a basic bath and $30 for a bath and tidy appointment.
432 E. Grand Ave., Suite A
Chicago, IL 60611
In the River East neighborhood of Chicago, City Pets is a pet supply store that offers grooming services to both cats and dogs. Standing appointments can be made for owners wanting to regularly bring in their pets for a discounted price, and the cage-free environment ensures a stress-free pet. A full grooming appointment starts at $35, with prices varying depending on need and size of the animal. Grooming services include hand blow drying, ear cleaning, nail trimming and filing, blueberry facial, massing bath, teeth cleaning, anal gland expression and, of course, a bow-tie finish.
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