Ever since I read the post at DoggieStylish.com about pet care for the post-Raptured, the phrase “left behind” has taken on a whole new meaning. I couldn’t resist putting it in my title.
That said, finding care for Frankie when I go away is serious business, because he’s a shy guy and I need someone I trust to give him his insulin shots.
Of course, even outgoing dogs that don’t have health problems need to be left in good hands. And for those like Frankie, who would go into anxiety overdrive if he was not only separated from me but also sent away from home, that means having someone stay at your house
Thus this guest post by Courtney Klein, communications specialist for Pet Sitters International.
Finding the best care for your best friends
You got a great deal on plane tickets and are ready to jet away for some much needed time off, but what are you going to do with your pets? Answering this question might be easier than you initially thought.
The first thing you need to determine is if your pet will react positively or negatively to traveling. Just like no two humans are alike, no two pets are alike either. Some pets love to travel, while others don’t. Even if your pet enjoys traveling, the type of trip you are planning could curtail your plans of hitting the open road with Fido.
But who is going to watch your pets while you’re away? While friends, family members or neighbors seem like a logical choice for pet care, a professional pet sitter has the experience and qualifications necessary to appropriately care for companion animals.
Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, recommends that you look for a pet-care professional who:
- is bonded and insured.
- belongs to a professional organization.
- visits your home before the first pet-sitting assignment to meet the pets and get detailed information about their care.
- exhibits courtesy and professionalism.
- provides references.
- provides a service contract that specifies services, fees and time allocated per visit.
- conducts business with honesty and integrity.
- has adequate knowledge and experience in caring for pets and is clearly mindful of their safety and well-being.
- phones to confirm you have returned home.
- has a veterinarian on call for emergency service.
- has a contingency plan for pet care in case of inclement weather or personal illness.
After locating the professional pet sitters in your area that meet the criteria, it’s always a good idea to conduct an initial interview to evaluate the candidates and review their credentials. It’s also the best way for pet sitters to familiarize themselves with the pets and homes in which they will be working. Utilize PSI’s Pet Sitter Interview checklist to help you evaluate these candidates.
Hiring a pet sitter that meets these standards will give you peace of mind that your pets and home will be safe in the hands of a professional while you’re away.
To find the best care for your best friends, please visit The Pet Sitter Locator.