Summer vacation season is in full swing. Many people hire a pet sitter to take care of their dog in their own home while they are away.
When choosing a pet sitter, most people know that they should interview them, check their references, make sure that the sitter loves pets, and make sure that the sitter is licensed, bonded and insured.
Fetch! Pet Care shares eight additional tips for preparing your pet and home when using a professional pet sitter:
1. Summer is a busy season for pet sitters. Make your reservations as early as possible to guarantee a spot for your pet’s care.
2. Make sure to introduce your pet to the sitter before your vacation. Use this time to give your sitter a feeding schedule, medication schedule if needed, and let them play with your pet so they can start bonding.
3. Place everything your sitter will need in one specific place. This includes medications, food (including measuring cup), treats, leash and collar/harness, pet waste bags, and cleaning supplies in case of accidents.
4. Summers can be hot. Remember that your pet will be in a locked, sealed home. Make sure the thermostat is set at a comfortable temperature for your pet.
5. Pets can be more inquisitive, and get bored, when left home alone for long periods. Pet proof your home by closing doors to rooms where they could find trouble, close cupboards and closets, and place tempting things to chew out of reach (like medications, perfumes, shoes, pens and pencils, and phone charger cords).
6. Use timers to control indoor lights so your pet’s day/night schedule is similar to when you are at home. Also make sure that outside gates are closed and locked.
7. If you live in an apartment, or gated community, let security know that the pet sitter has permission to enter your unit. Also, let your neighbors know that someone will be coming and going from your home while you are away. If friends or family will be visiting your home during your absence, leave a list with your sitter so they know to expect them.
8. Leave your pet sitter emergency information. Leave them your vet’s address and phone number and notify your veterinarian in writing that they have permission to provide medical care during your absence, if necessary. Also leave the names and phone numbers of any friends or family to contact in the case of an emergency.
Preparation is the key to making sure your pet sitter has all of the information they need to properly care for your pet while you are away and make sure that your pet stays safe and comfortable.