Preparing for your pet sitter..
How to get ready for your pet sitter
Hiring a pet sitter to take care of your pet while you’re away is a great way to make sure your furry friends are safe and secure during your absence. To help your pet sitter take these steps to get ready:
Leave detailed, preferably typed, directions for your pet sitter. If possible, send an electronic copy to your pet sitter and leave a printed version where they will easily find it in your home. Some pet sitters will provide their own forms. Directions should include:
- Feeding directions: times, quantity, and location of supplies
- Other care needs: dog walking, medications, etc.
- Contact information: multiple ways to reach you
- Emergency information: contacts for your veterinarian, animal hospital, and neighbors or family
- Other care taking responsibilities: directions for securing your home (keys, alarm codes, etc.) collecting mail, watering plants, taking out trash, and caring for other pets
Prepare your home
- Put all supplies in one area: food, water and food bowls, medications, treats, leash, toys, can opener (if needed), pet carrier
- Leave cleaning supplies in one area and notify your sitter of where they are
- Close doors to off-limits areas and lower toilet seat lids
- Verify that medications and foods or chemicals that could be toxic are stored out of reach
- Adjust thermostat to appropriate temperature for your pet
- Leave out supplies for other caretaking responsibilities
- Food and cleaning supplies for other pets
- Mailbox key
- Watering can for plants
- Notify neighbors and/or security guards that a pet sitter will be in your home
We often forget the things that could matter the most. Before you leave, check that:
- Collars and tags are on your pets and contact information is up-to-date
- You have left MORE than enough pet food
- Gates in yards where pets will be let out are secured
- Outdoor pets have a warm shelter in case of severe weather
- You will have your pet sitters contact information while you’re away
- You have informed your pet sitter of:
- Household problems: plumbing issues, broken locks, etc.
- Possible visitors to your home
- Where to find a spare key
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