Why Choose a Professional Pet Sitter?

So you have decided to take that much needed vacation. Or maybe you need to travel for business. What do you do with your beloved pets? You could impose on friends, family or neighbors. You could send your pets off to a strange boarding facility.  Or you could hire a professional pet sitter.  

A professional pet sitter is just that, a professional. They have the experience and training to make sure your pets get the best care possible while you are away and your pets never have to leave the comfort of their own home.

What are the benefits of hiring a pet sitter?

  • You may want to go on vacation, but your pets will usually be happier staying in their own environment.

  • Your pets get to stay on their normal diet and exercise routine.

  • You limit your pet’s exposure to illnesses.

  • Your mail, newspapers and packages are taken in so that your house looks lived in and not like you are away.

  • You don’t have to impose on your friends, family or neighbors.

Why should you hire a professional pet sitter?

  • Pet sitting is their career, so caring for your pets is their first priority.
  • They have experience and training working with all types of pets.
  • They are experienced in dealing with all types of pet personalities and will be knowledgeable in helping your pet feel relaxed and happy in your absence.
  • They can tell if your pet needs veterinary care.
  • They have the training to administer medications, safely and correctly to your pet, if needed.
  • They are experienced in recognizing and avoiding situations that may be potentially dangerous for your pet.

What to look for when choosing your professional pet sitter:

Your professional pet sitter should have the following:

  • A business license in order to operate a business legally in your county.

  • Bonding to protect against theft and liability insurance in case there is an accident.

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  • Back up in case they have an emergency and cannot make it to your home.

  • A detailed contract which includes pricing and services.

Things to ask your pet sitter:

  • What kind of training have they completed, such as pet first aid/CPR courses and certification through a professional organization such as Pet Sitters International?

  • Will they come to your house before your departure to meet you and your pets?

  • How will they communicate with you while you are away?

  • Are they a member of a professional association such as Pet Sitters International?
  • What measures do they take in order to keep your home and pets safe? For example: Do they avoid advertising their pet sitting services on their vehicle and clothing?

  • What other services do they offer, such as mail and package retrieval, light rotation and plant watering?

So, if you decide that hiring a pet sitter is right for you and your pets make sure you hire a professional pet sitter.

Even if you don’t have a trip planned for the near future start your search for your professional pet sitter well in advance. You want to make sure you and your pet sitter are a good fit and that you feel comfortable leaving your pets in their care.

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If you are ready to find your pet sitter here are a couple of ways to locate the perfect pet sitter for you:

Pet Sitters International and Angie's List.

Did you find this article helpful? Are you ready to find your professional pet sitter for your next trip?

Next week I’ll post about getting your dog the exercise he/she needs to stay healthy.

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