Vegas hotels introduce Fido-friendly program

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Anyone who owns a dog knows that traveling and planning vacations can be tricky. Can you find a hotel that will allow you to bring your pet along? Can you bribe someone to take care of your furry friend? Or do you have to pay an exorbitant  amount to leave the dog at a kennel with strangers while you’re gone?Dog in travel case

According to Road and Travel Magazine, 78 percent of pet owners hit the road or airways with their pets and more than 95 percent of them are willing to pay extra for the opportunity to bring their animal along to a hotel.

Although dog-friendly hotels do exist out there, they are few and far between, especially in Las Vegas, and especially on the Strip.

But now, thanks to the new Petstay program, Vegas visitors can bring their canine companions to Caesars Palace, the Rio and the Imperial Palace.

The hotels are providing pet-friendly rooms with amenities including a mat, food bowls, dog treats and waste bags. Guests will also be given directions to outdoor relief areas and walking routes.

The pet-friendly rooms come with an extra charge of $25 per night in the Augustus Tower at Caesars Palace and $20 per night for designated pet-friendly rooms at the Rio and the Imperial Palace.

Of course there are rules if you bring your dog along on vacation. They’re not allowed free reign of the hotel like you are. Dogs must weigh 50 pounds or less and be present at the time of check- in. Up to two dogs per room are allowed and dogs are only permitted to walk through designated common areas while on a leash and accompanied by the owner.

THEhotel at Mandalay Bay has also recently launched it’s dog-friendly program. For $50 per day, dogs can stay at the hotel and are greeted with a special welcome letter, bag and a treat. The hotel also offers pet sitting and walking services for an extra fee. There is a limit of two dogs per room and they dogs can weigh no more than 30 pounds combined.

Kristine McKenzie

Kristine grew up in Minnesota and got tired of the Arctic weather so she left one extreme for another in 1994 and moved to Las Vegas where she much prefers the desert heat. She earned her degree in journalism and worked in radio, newspapers and magazines before joining Vegas.com in 2001. Kristine has covered a variety of topics for the website, writes blogs and loves her current assignment, which is to eat at some of the world's finest restaurants and write about the exciting Vegas dining scene.

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