Important Summer Pet Safety Tips

Warmer days and sunny skies are here and when you’re used to moderate summers, you barely take things seriously in this weather by not thinking as much about the danger that the summer heat can cause pets. Our pets are much more vulnerable to hot weather than we are because it is hard for them to lower their body heat. This is because they naturally come supplied with a fur coat and panting is the only way they can cool off.

If you are travelling and leaving your pets at home in the care of a pet sitter, then you must make sure that in this hot weather your pets are well equipped to tackle the heat and most importantly the pet sitter should be made aware of the changes they should make to keep your pets safe.

When left alone with the pet sitter, strictly brief them that they should never walk your dog or any other pet in the heat. Avoid midday walks, and only walk them early in the morning or at night when it’s cooler. If it is hot and humid, then it is advised to skip the walk altogether for the day for the safety of the dog.

Your pet sitter can use a leash to manage your dog’s activity, and keep it to a minimum so the dog doesn’t over exert itself in the heat. Do not let your dog walk on a hot pavement, and as an alternative let your dog go free on grass. To check if it is safe for your dog to walk on the pavement, put your palm flat on the pavement and if it burns then it is certainly not safe for the dog to walk on.

Never leave your dog or pet alone in a parked car. When leaving you dog or pet in a pet sitter’s care, please advise them not to do so in any circumstance. Even when it’s not that hot, the sun can turn your car in an oven and with that fur on, your dog will feel the heat and it is hazardous for their health if left unattended in a hot car.

The damage your dog can sustain in a hot car can vary from heat stroke which could lead to permanent organ damage and death. Play it safe this summer, and if you are not around to take care of your dog, let the pet sitter know that they should take extra care to keep your dog cool this summer.

The Impact Of Pet Sitting On A Pet Sitter

Pet sitting is a great profession for people who love animals but overworking yourself can lead to potential hazards that an overworked, overtired, and over-committed pet sitter might not see and may make mistakes that might put them in harm’s way.

In today’s article we will discuss about self-care tips for pet sitters when entering clients’ homes and taking proper precautions when deal with an aggressive pet.

There is no reason for you to take every job that comes your way. Yes, you’ve started a small business and you need to make more clients to be known in the industry, but you are no use to a client if you are overworked. It is not only bad for your business but also for your well-being because a less alert pet sitter may not recognize red flags at the job that indicate danger.

So, to avoid all of that, learn to say that “I’m booked.” It is extremely important that you recognize your limitations and that includes not taking every job that comes your way, even it is from a current client. It is much easier to make careless mistakes when you are swamped with work.

You can come with an excuse when you know you’re at capacity and have an excuse ready so no one can catch you off guard.

Saying “yes” to everything that comes your way can be really bad for business as well. Schedule aside, there are some pet sitting assignments in the business that you probably do not have a clue about, and saying yes to it could also put you in harm’s way and jeopardize your credentials as a professional pet sitter.

Some pet sitting services are not a good match for you and there is no shame in realizing that fact. It is just the way things work and above all you should take care of your health because in this business it is easy to put yourself last.

Focus on your health, and while preparing food for the pet before the visit, prepare a snack for yourself before you head out. Also, be mindful of the weather, because there is no point in risking your health and the pet’s health in extreme cold and extreme heat.

Build yourself a support network which could come in handy by understanding all the joys and struggles of the business. You can also learn a lot for people who are in the same business, and their stories could help you grow as a pet sitter yourself and be aware of potential safety concerns.