by Heather Knowles
Let’s take care of our friend before going on vacation
The time has come for you to leave on holiday. You can’t bring Fido with you. You don’t want to put him in a kennel. What are you going to do? You don’t want to be lying on the beach in Mallorca, soaking up some rays worrying if your pet is in good hands back home. Instead of inconveniencing friends and family to watch your fur baby, consider a professional pet sitter.
It may take a little extra time and effort to choose the right pet sitter for you and your pet, but it will be worth it.
Where to even begin your search? Ask yourself, what is it that you expect out of the sitter? Do you want them to walk your dog? Do you want them to come over and feed your cats twice a day? Do you want them to stay over at night? Do you want them to gather your mail and water your plants as well? The next thing you need to realize is that most pet sitters charge by the hour. Look around to see what the going rate is and then figure out how much you are willing to spend. A quick tip: The more things you want your pet sitter to do, the higher your price.
You can ask your friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers for any recommendations.
Another good source would be your local veterinarian or local pet supply store. The Internet is also a good source of names. Once you have a few options, what should you look for to determine who might be best for your situation?
These are some key things to look for in choosing a pet sitter. Do they have a business license? Do they have liability insurance, and are they bonded against theft? Do they have any formal training? Are they certified in pet CPR and first aid? Can they provide proof of a clear criminal history? Do they have references available? Will they provide you with a contract that sets out all expectations? Using these questions, you will be able to determine your final candidates.
How to evaluate the experience?
The next should be an in-home interview with each candidate. At this time, you will be able to see how the sitter interacts with your animal and how it reacts to the person. You will also be able to explain any special needs your pet may have, show them where the food and other supplies are kept, and tell them about the animal’s regular routine. You may choose to ask additional questions. What type of experience do they have? Do they work with any veterinarians? How might they handle a medical emergency? How will they communicate with you? And, you may not think it essential but ask them why they enjoy pet sitting. Their answer could tell you a lot about them.
Your animal is precious, almost like a child to you. Why shouldn’t you take the time to ensure that they will be well taken care of while you are away? Taking steps to choose a well-qualified caregiver will give you peace of mind and may make your pet’s separation from you more bearable.
Also, remember that you can always rely on qualified services such as Miryadi.com
You can immediately find an answer to all your questions and select the Pet Sitter with a click that is closest to your expectations of quality of service and price.