Most pet parents I know have tried out several different kinds of arrangements for their pets when they go away. Their choices are based on convenience, cost, reliability, safety and how their pets react to the experience.
One of these options is 24/7 care by a professional (or not so professional) petsitter.
THE PERSON PROVIDING THE SERVICE
Regardless of who the individual is that you designate to take care of your companion animals while you are away, you need to ensure that they are capable of handling all aspects of their care. It is also wise to have a backup plan in place, just in case that designated person is suddenly unable to do their job.
Before you hire someone, ask yourself these questions and if you are doubtful, do the necessary research or move on.
Do they have positive interaction with your pet and does your pet feel comfortable in their presence?
Are they punctual or do they make excuses for showing up late?
Are they reliable or do they tend to be forgetful?
Do they fully understand what your pet’s needs are or are they likely to improvise?
Are they in good health or do they have any physical limitations?
Do they smoke or drink?
Are they safety and security conscious or are they dismissive and take risks?
Do they know basic Pet First Aid including how to give CPR?
Are they licensed, insured and bonded?
Do they have impeccable references?
Sometimes pet parents even do a background check just as they would/or should before hiring a babysitter.
YOUR EXPERIENCE – Did your petsitter make multiple daily visits or provide around-the-clock care? How would you rate the quality of your experience?
Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!