How can you prepare your pet and home before you leave?
Being prepared to be away from your pet is crucial to your ability to relax while you are gone. Here are some ways to ensure that you are all set:
- Always make sure your pet sitter knows when you are leaving (date and hour) and when you plan to return (date and hour).
- Leave all appropriate phone numbers as well as your cell and landline phone numbers, email, fax or whatever contact information you have (such as conference organizer, hotel, relative’s cell).
- Make sure your pet sitter has all your keys, garage door opener and/or any other items or codes necessary to enter your home. If you have an alarm system, don’t forget to notify your service that your pet sitter will be entering your home. Please make sure that outdoor and indoor lighting is functional before you go.
- Notify your pet’s veterinarian that your pet sitter will be caring for your pets and has the authority to bring your pet in for treatment. Leaving your credit card number on file at the vet or with The Sitters office is always a good idea. Make sure that your pet sitter has written verification available that your pet is current on all appropriate vaccinations.
- Notify any appropriate neighbors or family members that you have hired a pet sitter and that the sitter has permission to be going in and out of your home.
- Leave plenty of water, food and medication for your pet before you go. All pets in our care must be on a flea protection program. It is also helpful to make sure that your pet sitter knows where you keep all your pet care supplies (including your pet’s collar and leash). Make sure your pet cannot slip out of his or her collar and any outdoor fences/gates are secure. In addition, have extra food and supplies on hand in case you are delayed upon your return.
- If you have more than one pet, make sure each pet is wearing an ID tag with his/her name as well as your cell phone number on it. This is particularly important if the pets have different diets, are receiving medications or have access to outside areas.
- Make sure you have appropriate sized pet carriers available for the pet sitter to use in case your pet needs to be transported for play or emergent purposes.
- Let the pet sitter know if there are any areas of your house or yard in which your pet is not allowed to go.
- Make sure to provide your pet sitter with other local contact persons with respective phone numbers who have access to your home in case of emergency.
- If you are going to be away for an extended period of time, you may also want to notify the police that you will be gone.
Please review our Client Policies prior to beginning pet sitting services.