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Planning a vacation can be exciting, but leaving your beloved furry friend behind can be a source of worry. That’s where professional pet sitters come in! With the right pet sitter, you can ensure that your pets (and your home) receive the attention, love, and care they need while you’re away.  Leaving Your Pet Doesn’t Have To Cause Guilt.  To make your pet sitting experience smooth and worry-free, here are some essential tips to keep in mind:

Plan Ahead:

Start searching for a pet sitter well in advance before your trip. This allows you enough time to find the perfect match and schedule a meet-and-greet to ensure compatibility. Remember, if you don’t choose the right sitter it all falls down from there.  Click her for: How To Find The Perfect Pet Sitting Company For Your Furry Friends

Gather Recommendations:

Ask friends, family, and fellow pet owners for recommendations on reliable and professional pet sitting companies. Hearing positive experiences from trusted sources can provide peace of mind.

Check for Proper Certification:

Choose a professional pet sitter who is insured and has received training in pet care. Make sure they carry the proper insurance by asking to see proof of their insurance. Proper certification ensures that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to handle various situations. Pet sitting companies who have been in business for 5+ years and have a near perfect reputation are a MUST.

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See how well the sitter engages with your pet

Conduct a Thorough Interview:

When meeting potential pet sitters, ask about their experience, qualifications, and how they handle emergencies. During the get acquainted meeting you will have the chance to see how well the new person engages with your pet.  It’s essential to find someone who aligns with your pet’s specific needs and lifestyle.

Provide Detailed Instructions:

Leave a comprehensive list of instructions for your pet sitter, including feeding schedules, medication requirements, exercise routines, and any behavioral or medical concerns. Clear instructions help ensure your pet’s well-being.

Familiarize the Sitter with Your Pet’s Routine:

Introduce the sitter to your pet’s daily routine. Familiarize them with feeding times, preferred toys, and any unique habits. If your pet takes medication, make sure you show the sitter proper administration and dosage information. This will help maintain a sense of normalcy for your pets.

Ensure Proper Communication Between You and Your Pet Sitter:

Exchange contact details and ensure open lines of communication during your absence. At the Pet Parlor, we send picture and note updates after each visit.  This keeps us in frequent contact with you will be assured that everything is alright back home.

Provide Emergency Contacts for Your Pet Sitter:

In addition to your contact information, provide the sitter with contact details for your veterinarian, a trusted neighbor, or a close friend or family member who can assist in case of emergencies.

Pet Sitters Need Adequate Supplies:

Stock up on your pet’s food, medications, toys, bedding, and any other necessities before you leave. This ensures that your sitter has everything they need to keep your pet comfortable.

Arrange for Backup Support:

Have a backup plan in place in case your primary sitter faces unexpected circumstances.   A professional pet sitting company with staff may ensure you don’t have to worry about this step at all.  They will have backup protocol in place.  Knowing there’s an alternative solution will give you peace of mind.

Keep Your Home Safe:

Inform your pet sitter about any home security measures.  Let them know about ‘sticky locks’, alarm systems, surveillance cameras, or locked areas. Ensure they have the necessary access codes or keys.

Provide Ample Playtime and Exercise Opportunities:

Even though there will likely be playtime during their visit, you will want to add to your pet’s contentment.  Stimulate your pets mentally and physically by leaving them with engaging toys like these, puzzle feeders, and enrichment activities. A tired and content pet is a happy pet!

Leave a Comforting Scent:

Leave an item of clothing or bedding with your scent to comfort your pet in your absence. Putting an unwashed pair of your pajamas in your pets favorite place to sleep is a great idea.  Familiar scents can alleviate separation anxiety and help them feel more secure.

When it comes to hiring a pet sitter, thorough preparation is key. By following these essential tips, you can ensure your vacation is worry-free, knowing that your furry friend is in capable hands. Remember, the Pet Parlor is here to cater to your pet’s needs and comfort while you’re away, offering them the royal treatment they deserve. Bon voyage, and may your pet sitting experience be pawsome!