Here we will cover some tips on finding a pet sitter when you go on vacation.
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 on 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 facilitate 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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