High: A Spa Dog mobile unit serving Beverly Hills and Hollywood charges
$90 for bath treatment, including "aromatherapy spritz."
Low: A bath at home is free, except for shampoo. Self-service emporiums,
including U Wash Doggie in Studio City, provide tub, shampoo, towels and blow
dryers. The cost at U Wash ranges from $12.99 to $19.99, depending on dog size.
Kennel fee, dogs
When you're away, you can board your canine for $65 a night at Paradise
Ranch in Sun Valley. A massage for the dog is $35 extra.
The Pasadena Humane Society boards dogs under 40 pounds for $14 a
night and over that weight for $16. But you must be a member of the group, which
costs $35 a year.
Kennel fee, cats
High: Paradise Ranch in Sun Valley charges $55 a night.
Low: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Los Angeles
facility boards cats for $15 a night.
Doo Care, based in Tucson, Ariz., expects to have franchises open
in Southern California later this year. Residential yard service that includes
scooping and disposal costs about $10 per visit.
Self-service costs nothing but your dignity.
Goodbye, old friend
Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in Calabasas sells burial packages,
including plot and casket, for $593 to $1,206, depending on pet size. Headstones
begin at $305.
The Bureau of Sanitation in Los Angeles will send a truck free of
charge to pick up dead animals, "except for horses and cows," according to its
site. The animal must be placed curbside.