Summer Tips For Pet Sitter And Owners

The summer season is upon us and with it brings backyard barbecues planning and going on trips and vacations, and generally a time when people want to spend most of their time outside their homes and head on camping with the entire family and sometimes have to leave Fido and Fluffy back home because the summer season can also bring some unique hazards for your pets.

Whether you are staying home or going on vacation, you should be very careful of your pet in the summer season and flow these quick tips yourself and convey them on to your pet sitter as well, so your pet stays safe and healthy this summer season.

There is a disturbing stat doing the rounds in pet community that hundreds of pets die due to heat exhaustion every year in parked vehicles. Leaving your pet alone in a parked car is a big NO, and you should let your pet sitter know that as well that under any circumstances he or she shouldn’t leave your pet alone in a parked car because even with the window open or the air conditioner on, there is a high chance that the temperature can rise quickly and make your pet seriously ill or even cause death.

Pet sitters should warn local pet owners via social media by sharing informative posts regarding the issue and ensure they let their clients know that as well.

Another thing to be mindful is that never exercise or walk your dog in the afternoon when the temperatures are at its highest. If you walk your dog on the pavement, you could injure their paws. Place the back of your hand on the pavement and if you can’t hold it there for more than five seconds then it is too hot for your dog to walk on. Pet sitters should communicate with their clients that they should schedule their dog walksin the mornings or in the evenings.

Excessive panting, trouble breathing, and increased heart rate is a sign that your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion and you should call your vet immediately to counter the situation. It is important avoiding taking your pet out in the daytime heat, but it is also important that the inside temperature is also cool.

Pet sitters should ask about their clients’ thermostat settings at the meet and greet and they should let them know the temperature inside should be according to their pets’ comfort.

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Keep In Close Communication With Your Pet Sitter

Life is a celebration of the unexpected, even when things are going smooth, life inevitably finds a way to throw us a curve ball. These unexpected circumstances show us that we should expect the unexpected, but no matter how mentally strong we are, times of crisis can be tricky, and it can get to you even if you think you are prepared and organized.

If you happen to have pets, it gets doubly difficult for you if something unexpected happens because you have a responsibility to keep your pets safe and cared for even if you have to leave them home alone. If you have never had a crisis where you have to scurry for your pets then you probably don’t have a pet care plan for a crisis. It is okay because most of us don’t have that, but if a family member falls sick and you need to travel to the hospital and leave your pet(s) alone for God knows how long then you need to have a backup plan for your pets when a crisis occurs.

One of the best things you can do in a time of crisis is to keep in close communication with your pet sitter. It is important that you register yourself with a pet sitting company straightaway because there is a high chance that a pet company will not the new client based on their request due to a crisis. If you do not have one, then you need to get one and get done with paperwork and most importantly establish a relationship with your pet sitter so that they may be of assistance at a time of crisis.

Sometimes you just don’t wait for the crisis to happen before you alert your pet sitter. If you have a family member sick, then you should let your pet sitter know ahead of time that there might be an emergency in the coming days where you could need their help with the pet(s). If you are planning a vacation, just don’t let your pet sitter know one day before you leave, it is important that your pet sitter knows your plans ahead of time which is a respectful way of letting them know that you may be leaving for vacation or faced with an emergency shortly.

Always be prepred and hire a responsible pet sitter, so they lighten the additional strain on you in an emergency and help take care of your pets for your while you tackle with other things.

Book A Pet Sitter This Christmas

The year-end holiday season is what you’ve been looking forward to since the last holiday you had, but if you are a pet owner than it could easily become a massive anxiety for your pet and not to mention yourself.

The thing with pets is that they don’t like change too much, especially when their family has gone and left them behind with a stranger(relatives) and they don’t like having those strangers invade their space. The scenario is not an ideal one, especially when you are going away on holiday. Though the stress can be avoided if you plan carefully ahead of the holiday season and reduce your stress and theirs.

It is understandable to worry about your pets when you’re planning a holiday trip, and that is when procrastinating comes in because you are worried that your pets won’t be okay if you leave them alone and postpone the holiday plan for next season.

This is human nature, but if you plan on time, you can find a solution and best care for your pets then you can enjoy your holiday without worrying about your pets back home.

Don’t be one of those people who put off things until the last minute and gain absolutely nothing out of it. People do make frantic last-minute calls to arrange a pet sitter but pet sitters have lives too and they have a family too, and they might not be able to accommodate you because they have plans as well. And kennels at this time of the year are full and busy.

If you haven’t finalized your pet plans then get on the phone and book yourself professional pet sitter this Christmas so even if you get a hit and miss, you might find someone who is willing to do it during the holiday season, and plenty professional sitters work through the holiday season.

What if you have a sick pet and you just can’t leave them behind so you have to cancel all your plans. If you make the right calls, you may be able to find the perfect professional pet sitter who can provide the best care for your sick pet while you are away.

There are knowledgeable pet sitters out there who know how to deal with different situations regarding animals, and if necessary they can drive your pet to the vet in your absence.

What Is Better For Your Pets?

If you are a pet owner, whenever you have to go out of town on a business meeting, a vacation or a wedding, your biggest concern will always be where to leave your cat or dog in your absence. The task becomes even more difficult when you have never left your pet alone with anyone else or on their own ever. There is always a concern regarding such pets, whether they are too fearful to be left alone or if left with someone trustworthy, it is still a risk because they could be socially unpredictable in a foreign environment. If you are planning to leave them at home, then surely you would need a pet sitter to take care of their needs and your other option is boarding which can also be unpredictable because you don’t know how they will do and behave with other animals and what about at night when no one is around?

You will have all these questions and can be your biggest concern to your travel plans. Traditionally, pet boarding has been the go-to solution for pet owners who leave their pets behind, but boarding is frowned upon because of their cold concrete, steel or plastic cages outlook.

However, that has completely changed now, and pet hotels now offer all the amenities that are common, and your dog can relax in his/her doggie cot and watch TV. Your cat can retire to her suite whenever she wants and enjoys her catnip bubble playtime. You don’t have even to take your pets to the boarding facility because the boarding facility now offers a shuttle service that makes boarding arrangements even easier.

Although, pricing for these boarding services are extremely expensive and very heavily on the kind of service you opt for your pet. The more personal attention provided to your pet means higher the fees. However, these add-ons can also run up the fees. So, boarding can be expensive, and the other alternative pet owners have pet sitters.

The amazing advantage and great benefit of hiring a pet sitter are that the pets can stay in their comfortable environment and that can be a stress relief for them. A live-in pet sitter can be of great benefit, and the most important one is that your pet will have a companion with them always.

A live-in pet sitter can add to the bill, but it can never be as expensive as a boarding facility.

Your Pet Should Enjoy Your Vacation Too

You don’t have to worry about how your pet will fare when you are away on your vacations. Now, you do not have to worry about leaving you’re behind in someone else’s care while you are away vacationing and stressing on the fact that you are oblivious to what is going on with your pet.

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.