A professional pet sitter spends quality time with the animal, gives them exercise and knows how to tell if they need veterinary attention. What’s more, pet sitters typically offer additional services, such as taking in mail and newspapers and watering plants. But just because someone calls herself a pet sitter doesn’t mean they are qualified to do the job…
Why Hire a Professional Pet Sitter?
Benefits for Our Pets:
~ The environment they know best, including their familiar sights and smells.
~ Their regular diet and routine.
~ Relief from traveling to and staying in an unfamiliar place with other animals.
~ Personal attention while you’re away.
Benefits for Pet Parent:
~ The peace of mind knowing your pet is receiving personal care and attention.
~ Someone to bring in your newspaper and mail so potential burglars don’t know you’re away.
~ Someone who will come to your home so you don’t have to drive your pet to a boarding kennel.
~ Other services provided by most pet sitters, such as plant watering and pet grooming.
~ Happier friends and neighbors, who aren’t burdened with caring for your pet.
Helping the pet sitter and your pet
Of course, even the most trustworthy, experienced pet sitter will have trouble if you haven’t also kept your end of the bargain. Here are your responsibilities:
~Make reservations with your pet sitter early, especially during holidays.
~Ensure your pet is well socialized and allows strangers to handle him.
~Affix current identification tags to your pet’s collar.
~Maintain current vaccinations for your pet.
~Leave clear instructions detailing specific pet-care responsibilities and emergency contact information, including how to reach you and your veterinarian.
~Leave pet food and supplies in one place.
~Buy extra pet supplies in case you’re away longer than planned.
~Leave a key with a trustworthy neighbor as a backup and give him and your pet sitter each other’s phone numbers.
~Be sure keys work before giving them out.
~Show the pet sitter your home’s important safety features such as the circuit breaker and security system.
Finally, have a safe and fun trip. And remember to bring your pet sitter’s phone number in case your plans change—or you just want to find out how Fluffy and Fido are doing.