Pet Lovers Guide to Fort Collins

Are you one of the many pet lovers living in Fort Collins? Or maybe you are thinking of getting a pet soon. Either way, eventually you will need a Pet Sitter, Dog Walker, Cat Sitter, Vet, Dog Trainer, Groomer, Rescue or Pet Shop.

But how do you find the best solution for you and your pets? We have put together a list of resources for pet lovers to make this easier for you!

 

Fort Collins Pet Sitter

Choosing the right pet sitter for your pet can be difficult. You want to ensure your sitter is correct for your household and your pets.

Download our printable checklist on Hiring a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker to help in your search.

To learn more about our pet sitters take a look at our About Us page. To learn about our services, visit our Services page.

If you have a pet sitter and want to make sure you are prepared for your trip, download our Preparing for Your Pet Sitter Checklist.

 

Fort Collins Dog Walker

Dog walkers are great for dog who have a lot of energy and people who do not have enough time. A dog walk can be nice for a day when you work late, or just cannot get away to take out your pup.

If you want to learn about the Benefits of Regular Dog Walks, read our recent article. If you want to learn about our dog walking services, take a look at our services page.

 

Pet Supply Stores around Fort Collins

Fort Collins is extremely animal friendly, and thus there are a variety of pet supply stores to choose from. We are a huge fan of shopping local whenever possible, and we believe locally-owned stores tend to have better educated employees to give you advice.

We have collected a list of our favorite pet supply stores in town:

A good pet supply store should be able to offer suggestions on products based on your pet’s health needs. Ask some questions and if you do not feel comfortable then try a different store.

 

Fort Collins Rescues

As such an animal friendly city, Fort Collins has a wide variety of rescues. It would be impossible to list them all here, but we wanted to provide you the groups that are large and most likely to be able to meet your needs. Whether you want to adopt a new pet or just have questions, these rescues are all great!

Here are the rescues most likely to be of assistance:

If one of these organizations cannot answer your questions, they will refer you to someone who can.

 

Fort Collins Veterinarians

With Fort Collins hosting CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, we are flush with amazing veterinarians. Choosing a veterinarian that is a good fit for you

Here is a list of veterinarians that we have worked with personally and loved:

If you need help choosing your new veterinarian, read our recent article 5 Tips to Picking a Veterinarian You Love.

 

Fort Collins Emergency Veterinarians

 

When you have a pet emergency, you want to make sure to get the best care for your animal, no matter what time of day! Emergency vet clinics are open 24/7, 365 days a year and can be a lifesaver when you need one. It is important to know where your closest clinic is so you know where to go right away.

Here are emergency veterinary clinics and their locations:

To see the full list with all of the Fort Collins emergency vet clinics, as well as signs of a pet emergency, read our recent article Fort Collins Emergency Vet Clinics.

 

Fort Collins Dog Trainers

All dogs can use a little training, whether is be the normal sit and stay, or learning how to stop your puppy from chewing on your shoes. Plus training classes can be fun for you and your dog to have some bonding time! Dogs are smart animals and need to use their brains to keep them from getting bored.

We have collected 4 trainers that use positive reinforcement training:

When choosing a dog trainer you want to pick one that works with your dog in a positive and fear-free manner.

 

Fort Collins Dog-Friendly Hotels

If you are coming to Fort Collins to visit or if you find yourself needing to stay in a hotel for awhile, you want to have a hotel that is friendly for your dog.

We have made a list of hotels that are dog friendly and wonderful for you!

If you are visiting Fort Collins and need to leave your dog while you go out for an activity, consider having a pet sitter come stay in your hotel. This will give your dog company and make sure she does not get in any trouble while you are gone. We provide extended stays for these types of trips which you can learn about in our services.

 

Fort Collins Dog Groomers

A good haircut is important to the health and happiness of your dog. Considerate groomers can make the grooming process as easy as possible.

We have collected a list of groomers that our clients have loved:

If you would like to read more about these groomers and get tips on how to pick the perfect groomer, read our recent article 5 Places for Dog Grooming in Fort Collins.

 

Self-Service Dog Washes in Fort Collins

If your dog does not need all the trimmings, it can sometimes be easier to clean them up yourself. It is wonderful to go to a self-service dog wash where you can use their space to get your pup clean without making a mess of your bathroom.

We have collected a list of self-service dog washes in Fort Collins:

To learn more about costs of using a self service dog wash, read our recent article How Much Does it Cost to Use a Self Service Dog Wash?

 

Fort Collins Catteries

When you are traveling you can either hire a pet sitter or board your cat in a cattery. There are advantages of each, and if you decide to board your cat there are a variety of options.

We have collected a list of catteries in Fort Collins:

If you are considering hiring a pet sitter, look at advantages of cat sitting and take a look at our services.

 

Dog Boarding Kennels in Fort Collins

 When leaving town you can either hire a pet sitter or board your dog in a kennel.

We have collected a list of the top places to board your dog in Fort Collins:

To read more about these dog boarding kennels, take a look at our recent article Top 5 Places to Board Your Dog in Fort Collins.

If you are considering pet sitting, read our recent article Why Should I Hire a Dog Sitter, and look at our services.

 

Fort Collins Doggy Daycare

When your dog needs some extra exercise, you have two options:

  1. Send your dog to daycare
  2. Hire a dog walker to exercise your dog

Dog daycare can be great for well socialized dogs who enjoy the company of other dogs. If you are unsure if daycare is a good option, read our recent article Doggy Daycare vs Dog Walker.

If it sounds like your pup would love daycare, we have collected a list of dog daycares in Fort Collins:

If you are thinking about using a dog walker take a look at our services.

 

Top Pet-Friendly Restaurants in Fort Collins

During nice weather it can be a bonus to be able to take your dog with you when you go out to eat. In Fort Collins we have many, many food options to choose from, so you might as well pick one where you can bring your pup!

These are good pet-friendly restaurants in Fort Collins:

To read more about these restaurants take a look at our recent article Top 5 Pet Friendly Restaurants in Fort Collins.

 

Fort Collins Dog Parks

In Fort Collins, folks love their dogs and we want them to have as much fun as possible! For well-socialized dogs, that can mean a trip to the dog park is a favorite activity.

Here in Fort Collins we have 5 dogs parks:

  • Soft Gold Dog Park – 520 Hickory Street
  • Spring Canyon Dog Park (aka Horsetooth Park) – west end of Horsetooth Road, has a small/shy dog area, water fountains and a swimming area
  • Fossil Creek Dog Park – 5821 S Lemay Ave, has a small/shy dog area and drinking fountains
  • Twin Silo Dog Park – 5480 Ziegler Road, has a small/shy dog area and drinking fountains
  • CSU track dog park – corner of East Lake Street and Peterson Street – not an official city dog park, but part of the track was fenced and relegated to the dogs

To see the City of Fort Collins rules for dog parks, visit their website.

 

Fort Collins Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails

Hiking is one of the most popular hobbies in Colorado, for good reason. The trails are beautiful all year round and there are many where you can bring your furry friend with you.

Three of our favorite trails are:

  1. Lory State Park- Well Gulch Nature Trail
  2. Fort Collins Natural Areas- Maxwell Natural Area
  3. Horsetooth Mountain Park- Horsetooth Falls

To see all the details about these trails, read our recent article Best Fort Collins Dog Trails.

 

Do you have a resource you think should be added to the Pet Lovers Guide to Fort Collins? Let us know via our contact form so we can check it out!

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