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 Your Pet Nanny
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 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 or special requests.
~ Leave pet food and supplies in one place.
~ Buy extra pet supplies in case you’re away longer than planned.
~ Be sure keys work and are labeled before giving them to your pet nanny.
~ Show the pet nanny your home’s important safety features.
Finally, have a safe and fun trip. Remember to bring The Peaks Pet Nanny’s phone number and email in case your plans change.