A lot of people look to friends or family or sometimes neighbours to take care of their pets while they are away. While this might be working for you but experts say that it might not always be healthy for your pet because your friend or neighbour would visit your pet on a fly-by-night basis, they may forget to visit them and might not remember always.
It is the time that you should start looking at pet sitting as more of a business contract than just a favor. It is easy to find pet sitters these days as you can ask a friend, a neighbour, or look for them online. There are many tools online that also help you locate a pet sitter near your area.
If that does not work, you can always ask your veterinarian, professional animal caregiver or a dog walker. All these people can also recommend you professional pet sitters, and not just pet sitters, but sitters with references. Pet owners should look for pet sitters who are willing to provide references and should take their time to check those references, so you are aware of who you are giving the key to your home to.
When you lock a pet sitter, call them for a general interview where you can get to know about them in person and you can communicate your pets’ personal needs to the pet sitter so they can take a note of it and remember it while you are away. While you have the interview, it is a good idea to ask them if they are bonded and insured.
The home interview is also a great chance to familiarise the sitter with your home. They can see where the medication and other necessary things of your pet are located, so they don’t have to find them when you are away.
There is another option of kennel stays, but that could be more stressful for your pet because they are relocated to an unknown location and might not react to it well. So, it is recommended to get a pet sitter and have them thoroughly cross-checked before you go for them.