If you own a pet chances are you might be faced with the need for someone reliable to look after your pet.
Pet sitters care for your pet just a babysitter cares for your child while you are gone. Pet sitters do much more than just providing food and water. A good pet sitter will look after your pet as you would yourself. A pet sitter will provide exercise, some playtime, some attention, and also be aware of your pet needs veterinary attention.
People with exotic or particularly high maintenance pets will benefit from the services of a pet sitter.
Pet sitters will allow for the most positive experience your pets can have while you are away. Pet sitters offer the added advantage of allowing your pets to stay in their own environment while you are away. Your pet will be less stressed than if they were in one of the more traditional options for pets whose owners are away.
Pet sitters provide one on one attention and the special care that your beloved pet will require in your absence.
Hiring a pet sitter will not only give you peace of mind but will also save you from worrying about your pet while you are away. Your home is also a lot safer. You have someone who will pick up the mail, water the plants, and check on the general welfare of the entire home.
It’s worth the extra expense for the added peace of mind.
CHOOSING A PET SITTER
If you are going to go to the trouble to pay someone to look after your pet and home while you are gone, you will want to spend some time choosing the best pet sitter for you and your pet.
Make sure you see some qualifications.
Also make sure to ask for references, and follow up. This is the best way to get some idea of how reliable your pet sitter is. Glowing references are the best way to gauge which is the best pet sitter for your home.
You can start with a phone book or an online search. You can ask your veterinarian for a reference. The vet often knows who the best pet sitter in the area is.
It’s best to line up a few different options. Arrange interviews with them all. Check to see how they interact with your animal. Many pet owners know that animals can be fussy too!
When interviewing your prospective pet sitter it’s useful to see if the sitter asks a variety of questions too. The pet sitter should be interested in any medical conditions your pet might have, likes, dislikes allergies, etc. If your sitter does not ask these questions rather choose someone who is genuinely concerned about the well-being of your pet.
When choosing a pet sitter you don’t want to take any chances. After all, it’s not just your pet who is vulnerable it’s the entire contents of your home too!
You can make things a bit easier for your pet sitter too. Buying extra pet food and treats, leaving clear instructions, and taking your pet for his regular checkups will ensure that things go smoothly. If you have a pet that is fussy or has a medical condition make sure you leave clear instructions for the sitter as to how to handle the situation.
Also, if you have a complicated alarm system or security system make sure to explain clearly to the sitter how to get in and out, and how to secure the property in your absence. Leave a copy of your keys with a trusted neighbor and explain that you will be away. You can never have too many people keeping their eyes open.
Now that you know your pet and home are being well looked after, you can have a relaxed holiday. All that’s left to do is enjoy your vacation!