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Dog Boarding Fort Collins CO

Although it may seem that the cost of RV camping with your dog might not cost much more than having your dog live at home, there are a number of hidden costs that aren’t all that noticeable until you actually hit the road.

TLC Services Pet & Plant Care While You're Away
(970) 225-1864
Fort Collins, CO
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, House Sitting, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Camp Bow Wow Ft Collins Pooper Scooper-Dog Daycare-Boarding-Grooming
(970) 266-9247
4103 S. Mason Street
Ft. Collins, CO

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Happy Tails Dog Ranch
(970) 532-4040
18490 County Rd. 1
Berthoud, CO

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PetSmart
(970) 223-9020
4432 SOUTH COLLEGE AVENUE
FORT COLLINS, CO

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Colorado Critter Care LLC
(970) 225-1812
332 Starway St
Fort Collins, CO
 
Sit, Stay & Play! In-Home Pet Sitting, LLC
(970) 667-7866
Loveland, CO
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Doggie Day Care, Grooming, Errand Service, Overnight Pet Boarding, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Destiny's Kennel
(970) 532-1232
2683 Weld County Road 42
Berthoud, CO

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Raintree Animal Hospital
(970) 482-1987
2335 S Shields St
Fort Collins, CO
 
Camp Bow Wow
(970) 266-9247
4103 S Mason St Unit B
Fort Collins, CO
 
Moore Animal Hospital
(970) 416-9101
2550 Stover St Unit H
Fort Collins, CO
 
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RVing with Dogs

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RVing with Dogs – The Bottom Line


By Julee Meltzer

Recently, someone asked us how much it actually costs to RV with dogs. My initial response was that it doesn’t cost any more to RV with a dog than it does to live with one at home. After all, no matter where you are, your dog still needs food, medical care, toys, and so on. But after thinking about the issue a little further, I realized that RVing with dogs did, in fact, have a number of hidden costs that aren’t all that noticeable until you actually hit the road. So before you decide to take your pooch on a camping adventure, consider some of the hidden costs described here.

Extra Leashes


For some unknown reason – we always end up buying extra leashes when were on the road. Okay…Okay. It’s not exactly an unknown reason. Our male has a horrible habit of biting his leash in half whenever we’re at a rest stop. The last time it happened, we had pulled into a busy rest stop on a major Interstate. I hooked up his leash and opened the door. As we were carefully navigating around the giant tractor-trailers that packed the area, he grabbed the leash with his back teeth and in one quick bite, freed himself and stood there looking at me. New Leash: $40. Near Heart Attack: Life Changing.

Visit to the Vet


Before you take your dog with you, schedule a trip to the vet. The vet will give them a check up, trim their nails, clean their ears, and make sure they have all their shots. In particular, make sure they’re up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. One reason is that many campsites require written proof that your dog is vaccinated. Consequently, ask your vet for a copy of your dog’s medical records and make sure it shows that they’re up-to-date on their rabies shots. Vet Visit: $150. Peace of Mind: Inestimable.

Heartworm Medication


Since heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes, you normally only have to give your dog heartworm medication (i.e., Heartguard™) during the summer months. However, if you take your “snowdog” to warmer places in the winter, you’ll have to give them the medication year round. If you have any doubt about heartworm disease, ask your vet to show you the worm infested dog heart they keep in a jar. The first time I saw one, I bought enough heartworm medication for 12 months. Heartworm Medication: $40/month. Image of Jar: Unforgettable.

Flea and Tick Medication


If you plan on staying in a warm place this winter, purchase plenty of flea and tick medication (Frontline™). Flea and tick medication isn’t cheap but it beats the cost of treating your dog for Lyme disease. Plus, the first time you see a swollen tick embedded into your dog’s head, you’ll be glad that you treated them with the medication because in less than 24 hours – the tick will fall off and die. Flea and Tick Medication: $35/month. Tick-Free Dog: Enough Said.

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