Tips for Planning Pet Care While You're on Vacation

June 26, 2013

Whether you're gone for a weekend or an extended vacay, it's tough leaving our furry friends behind. Enjoying your time away can be difficult if you aren't sure whether you've left your pets in the right hands. We've got some tips on making the best out of your pet care while on vacation.

Home Sweet Home: Ultimately, if you can keep your pet in your home, which is a familiar environment, then do it. Cats notoriously do better at home. It will be less stressful for them -- especially if they can be difficult to handle. They can express their stress a variety of ways including loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and aggression. The key is to keep them as comfortable as possible. 

Pet-sitter pickins: If you decide to go with a pet sitter find someone that you trust. Does your pet need medication? Check with the vet techs at your vet’s office. They have the knowledge, abilities, and access to medical care in an emergency. Chances are, you know and trust these people with your pet and your pet trusts them. Expect to pay around $20 a visit for the caregiver to stop by to give medications and such. If you want someone to stay at your house while you are out of town, it can cost around $50 per day/night. This might seem like a lot, but if you have multiple pets it can be a deal considering what some overnight daycares charge per pet (see below), and you don’t need to worry about dropping off or picking up at a certain time.

A-kenneling we go: If you can’t or don’t want to use a sitter, the ideal choice is a daycare with overnight lodging. It offers your dog (and in some cases, your cat) the opportunity to play and run around rather than be stuck in a cage all day. Another bonus is that they don’t charge extra to give your pet medications. There are animal hospitals out there that offer boarding, but be sure you know what you are paying for and decide if it’s right for your pet. Most facilities just offer boarding kennels with no play time, and they can have hidden fees for giving medication. Here are a few local suggestions:

Bark!
Central Denver:  $31-$33/day depending on number of dogs and nights.
Price includes full day of daycare.

Camp Bow Wow
Various locations in and around Denver: $35-$38/day depending on number of dogs and nights.
Price includes full day of daycare and webcam viewing online.

Digstown
Denver: $35-$39/day depending on number of dogs and nights.
Price includes full day of daycare and webcam viewing online.

City Bark
Various locations in and around Denver: $28.50-$41/day depending on type of suite.
Price includes three outings for a total of 1 hour of free time. Additional day care can be added for up to $15 per day.
Cat boarding offered for $16.50/day. Price includes a private suite with bedding and a fish bowl to entertain. A half hour of one on one time can be added for $15 per visit.

U Lucky Dog
North Denver: $27-$39/day depending on number of dogs.
Price includes full day of daycare and webcam viewing online. You can purchase a luxury suite for an additional $15/dog/day. This cost includes a larger room, a TV, and a toddler bed.
Cat boarding offered for $25-$50/day for 1-3 cats. Price includes 1 hour in Purr Park. More outings can be purchased for $5/hr.