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Self-Service Pet Wash at Pet Food Express (Incl. Cute Video)

by TerriAnn
Pet Food Express self service dog wash station

261 Park Road, Burlingame, CA 94010 (several other SF Bay Area locations)

Good for: Dogs
Price: $15/wash, $11.25/wash with ongoing buy 3 get 1 free promotion
Features: Self-service pet wash

We used to wash our puppy at home, in the bathtub. As she got bigger and more fur was collecting near the drain, we decided to look at other cleaning options including various groomers. We visited a few other places but those were gross or scared our dog to death. Friends of ours brought their dogs to the self-service wash area at the local Pet Food Express so we finally gave it a try.

Pet Food Express Dog Wash Station

Typically, you first pay at the register and they give you a token. As this was our first time, the cashier just gave use some towels and a token so we could try it and pay afterwards. This way, if we liked it, we could take advantage of their buy three get one free deal and if not we only paid for one wash. The area was open, clean, and cozy. Several hooks were available to hang any purses or jackets and thick aprons were provided.

Speckles, our dog, was a little apprehensive about getting into the tub at first. After inserting the token, we chose our shampoo. The hose was water and shampoo combined so there was no extra step in wetting then lathering up. Usually Speckles is pretty good with being given a bath and will just give us her “Why are you doing this to me?” look. After that was done we moved the dial to ‘rinse’. I did get a bit wet when Speckles decided to shake but it’s wasn’t that bad. We towel-dried her a bit and then had her sit on the area near the drying hose.

Pet Food Express Dog Wash Station Pet Food Express Dog Wash Station Pet Food Express Dog Wash Station

The hose blew cool air and was not overly loud. By this time, Speckles was very relaxed and let us have a bit of fun with her.

This was so much easier than washing her at home. Those raised tubs make a HUGE difference! Plus, with the shampoo covered and all the clean-up taken care of for us, it works out to be pretty reasonable. So if you just need a wash and don’t want to deal with the price of getting them groomed, try this. I know we’ll be back at least once a month!

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Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell February 20, 2012 - 1:09 pm

That would be totally worth it, and my goodness, she looked pretty when she was done! The look in that middle shot is priceless.

Cookies & Clogs February 20, 2012 - 10:57 pm

I think the price is very reasonable and washing her is soooooo much easier! I know, poor baby 😛

Allie February 20, 2012 - 5:19 pm

I’ll say it for her “stop it!” LOL. That was too cute and she is cute too!

I noticed the pet wash at Petco but nobody I knew even wash their dogs. I do and get so tired of all the mess. I may have to head over there to wash her.


Cookies & Clogs February 20, 2012 - 11:00 pm

Haha, I should have noted that ‘no animals were harmed in the making of this video, only humiliated” 😛 No, we only did that a couple of times (the first by accident) and, if you can’t tell, our pup is very sweet and good natured!

Julie February 21, 2012 - 6:07 am

I find the idea of a self-service pet wash genial! We don’t need to do it in the main bathroom anymore, and for that price, it is really affordable. The puppy on the shots looks so adorable!

Cookies & Clogs February 22, 2012 - 2:18 pm

Yes, I think the buy 3 get 1 free deal really makes it worthwhile! Oh, and Speckles is adorable all the time 🙂

Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy February 21, 2012 - 1:54 pm

How neat! I’ve never seen anything like this before.

Cookies & Clogs February 22, 2012 - 2:19 pm

There are a few in this area but so far this one seems like the best set-up/deal.

Henrietta Newman February 23, 2012 - 6:08 am

This is awesome! I so wish that we had a self-wash pet place like this in PA! I would absolutely take our Ginger there for a monthly bath!

Cookies & Clogs February 25, 2012 - 11:00 pm

Oh, it’s so fantastic. I just went for the second time last week and it took 15-20 minutes with me ‘taking my time’. Then, I left and someone else cleaned up – awesome!

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