If you have to leave town and can’t take your pet with you, you need to make alternative arrangements. Boarding can be a practical choice, but for many pets, there’s just no place like home. If you’re lucky, a friend or relative might volunteer to stay with your four-legged friend, but this can be a huge imposition. As a result, you may be left to figure out the best way to hire just the right pet sitter for this super important job.
The Benefits For Your Pets
Boarding facilities offer a lot of excellent features, but many pets can’t handle being away from home or their person for very long. The foreign environment can become highly upsetting to even the most confident, relaxed animals.
We go the extra mile for our boarding guests but know the experience isn’t for every pet.
The Pro’s For You
Hiring a pet sitter is not only a great substitute for your love and care, but ensures that your house is being monitored, too.
A pet sitter can keep a pet’s routine and they offer assurance that your buddy is happy, safe, and secure inside their own home. What’s more, if you have multiple pets, they can all stay at home together under the sitter’s supervision.
The Sky’s the Limit
A pet sitter can dispense medicine, stick to your requests for exercise or play dates, and perform other enriching activities. You can dictate what to do if something ever comes up and expect your wishes to be fulfilled, all while knowing that your pet is receiving loving-kindness and personal attention.
Starting With a Tip
One of the best ways to find a trustworthy and capable pet sitter is by asking around. Getting a reference from someone you know well is ideal.
Additionally, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters is a phenomenal resource for pet owners to find the right match.
What to Ask a Pet Sitter
When interviewing a potential pet sitter for your best friend, we recommend thinking about the following questions:
- What is their background and experience level dealing with certain kinds of pets, and specific health or behavioral needs?
- Do they know pet first-aid and pet CPR?
- Are they bonded and insured?
- What does a pet emergency look like to them, and what is their approach to obvious and subtle symptoms?
- Do they have a substitute they employ if they have a personal issue they have to tend to?
- Can you talk with them 1-3 times a day to ensure your pet’s needs are being met?
- Do they have a few professional references you can call?
Details for the Tails
We recommend meeting your pet sitter 1-2 times prior to leaving so you can discuss in detail what is needed. This also allows your pet to become more comfortable with them.
Please call us at (210) 681‑1391 if you need help with your goal of finding the right pet sitter for your pet.