When you can’t travel with your pets, finding a qualified pet sitter makes your trip more enjoyable. Here we will cover some tips for finding a pet sitter when you go on vacation.
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Finding a pet sitter is sometimes complicated. Many owners choose to ask a friend or neighbor to take care of their pets. But this is not the best situation. A friend or a neighbor may lack the necessary experience to take care of your pet. So what is the solution?
Tips for Finding a Pet Sitter
Consider Hiring The Service of a Pet Sitter
A pet sitter offers you and your pet many benefits.
For your pet
- The dog or cat will be in an environment they are familiar with.
- They will continue with the same diet and routine.
- Pets will not have to remain in an unknown place with other animals (such as a kennel).
- Friends and neighbors will not be overwhelmed by having to take care of your pet.
- You will have peace of mind knowing that a professional is taking care of your pets.
How to Find a Pet Sitter
Start by asking your friends or neighbors if they know a pet sitter, or call your veterinarian for recommendations.
Veterinary technicians are ideal because they have experience in veterinary medical care.
What to Look For In a Pet Sitter
- First of all, check the references. It is important to learn all about the qualifications and services of potential pet sitters.
- Then, you have to consider what training the pet sitter has received. Ask if he or she is associated with a veterinarian who can provide emergency services, and what kind of other services he or she will give, such as grooming at home, walking dogs, dog training, and playing time.
- It is important to know what are the specific times when he or she agrees to be with your pet?
- Finally, ask the phone numbers of other customers to check the references.
Tips To Ease The Work Of The Pet Sitter
- Reserve the pet sitter early, especially during the holidays.
- Make sure your pet is familiar with the pet sitter.
- Identify your pet with a plaque. Put your name, the pet’s name and your phone number.
- Update all your pet’s vaccinations.
- Write detailed instructions.
- Be sure to include a meal and exercise schedule, a list of medications, including amounts, and when they should be given.
- You must have enough food, cat litter, treats and, medications your pets need.
- Buy additional supplies for pets in case you stay longer than expected.
- Leave a key with a reliable neighbor as a backup.
- Also, leave the caregiver’s phone numbers to your neighbor.
- Include your pet’s veterinarian’s phone number.
- Remember to give the veterinarian the name of your pet sitter to keep it in his file.
- Finally, bring with you your pet sitter’s phone number.
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