San Diego-based FlexPetz offers a “shared pet ownership experience.” For a fee or two, members can get regular visits from a dog, complete with bowl, pre-measured food and GPS-enabled collar. Then when the weekend is over and it’s time to go to work, Rover goes off to another client.

Melissa Bain, a veterinarian with the Companion Animal Behavior Program at the University of California, Davis, said she had concerns but no hard-and-fast objections to a service like FlexPetz.

“It depends on the people and it depends on the animal,” Bain said. “Some dogs may be fine and some may become stressed because they are moving from home to home.”

I guess it could be better than leaving a dog alone at home all day.

The service only provides dogs, so far. Cats barely consider themselves pets, let alone rentals.

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