As much as you would love to take your pets, it’s not always convenient for them to travel with you. When leaving your pet with a trustworthy sitter, you want peace of mind that your pet is safe and happy and that the sitter gives Fido plenty of love and attention. Follow this handy checklist below to help you find the best possible care for your lovable furry family members.
Consider your pet’s breed and personality
Your pet has his own unique personality and habits. Some dog breeds are more friendly and active and get along well with other animals. While some breeds get anxious and upset when they are away from home or around other pets. Consider the best fit for your pet’s personality and breed and if he’s a good fit for a kennel or an at-home sitter.
Check out convenient pet sitting programs
Pet sitting programs such as Rover.com and DogVacay.com are the latest, hottest trend in pet sitting services. These programs allow you to pick and choose from a variety of vetted pet sitters. Rover.com and DogVacay.com offer a range of services from doggy day care to house and pet sitting to dog walking services.
Visit kennels to make sure they are safe and clean
If you decide to leave your pet at a boarding kennel, visit the place first and make sure the facility is safe and sanitary. Interview the owners and ask how many pets they board and how long they have been in business. Ask for references from past clients who board pets there. Make sure the boarding facility is insured and bonded, and don’t forget to ask how they handle pet emergencies.
Set up a meet-and-greet with the sitter and your pet
Whether you plan to hire a home sitter or board your pet, set up an introduction between your pet and the sitter. If you plan to leave him with a sitter at their home, make sure you slowly introduce the sitter’s animals to your pet. If your pet acts skittish or territorial around other animals, a boarding situation may not be a good idea. Instead, hire an at-home sitter so your pet feels safe and comfortable. If your pet has health/dietary needs and requires daily medication or shots, ask the sitter if they have experience handling special needs pets.
Get organized before you leave your pet with a sitter
Be prepared so your pet sitter isn’t fumbling around for pet supplies or emergency contact information. Make sure the sitter has easy access to the pet’s food, medication, treats, toys, etc. Create an information folder that includes feeding and medication schedules, your contact information, and friends and family contact information. In case of a medical emergency, don’t forget to include the vet’s phone number and your pet’s medical records.