Dog Days of Summer: Affordable Ways to Board Your Pooch During Vacation

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Posted on 06/18/2013

Planning to hit the beach, enjoy the amusement park or just skip town for a while this summer? Don't forget to factor boarding expenses for your pooch into your vacation budget. Pet care costs can vary significantly depending on where you live, but there are always ways to save money on boarding your four-legged family members.


Find a "Real" Home
Instead of keeping your beloved pet in a kennel during your vacation search for an alternative at dogvacay.com. Rates start at just $15 a night and you can feel good knowing your pet is having fun in a home away from home.

Hire a Friend
A teenager in the neighborhood may be a great option for taking care of your pet. Ask them to come over a few times a day to give Fido bathroom breaks and play time. You'll likely be able to negotiate a rate that is far less than a kennel where he'll be cooped up all day.

Swap With Other Dog Families
If you know another family with a dog, offer to care for their pet during their vacation. In return, they can watch your dog while you're on summer vacation. Everyone wins and no one has to pay.

Get a Free Night at PetsHotel
The PetSmart PetsHotel is offering a free night with the purchase of one night for first-time guests. That's up to a $40 value. The facility offers personalized care, 24/7 supervision and on-site grooming.

Check Out Rover.com
With Rover.com you can find a pet sitter who will come to your home. Prices start at just $10 a day. That way your dog will stay where they are most comfortable and familiar.

By Alison Storm

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