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The Ultimate Pet Sitter Check List

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As much as we would love to take our pets with us everywhere we go, sometimes it’s best to make arrangements for them to stay home. It can be difficult to leave them behind, but hiring a pet sitter can make the situation easier for you and your furry friend. The keys to a stress-free getaway are finding a great pet sitter and being confident in the instructions you leave for them. Before you pack your bags, take a minute to think about the instructions your pet is relying on you to leave, so you can relax and enjoy your time away.

Here is our ultimate pet sitter checklist to ensure you (and your pet) have the best experience possible:

1. Create an information hub

Gather all of your pet’s essential information and put it in a folder for your sitter. If an emergency arises or if your sitter has a question about your pet, they will have access to a great resource that they can consult, before having to call you. It should include:

  • Your contact information
  • Your veterinarian’s contact information
  • Emergency numbers
  • A list of your pet’s medications (if applicable)
  • Your pet’s microchip information (if applicable)
  • Your pet’s insurance information (if applicable)
  • A brief summary of your pet’s health history, highlighting any health concerns.
  • Clear directions for your pet’s daily care. This should include (but is not limited to) feeding times, outdoor times, exercise schedules, and any medication that needs to be given.

2. Brief your sitter on your pet’s needs

Although you’ve included directions in your pet’s information folder, it’s always a good idea to verbally communicate your expectations for their care. Take this opportunity to not only talk about your pet’s daily routine, but also to fill your pet sitter in on your pet’s personality, likes and dislikes, favorite toys or games, and any fears or things to avoid. Is there a special trick to getting Sparky to take his daily medication? Maybe Fluffy is easily agitated by strangers, and it’s best to avoid peak traffic times when letting her outside. Communicating these specific tricks and tips will ensure a smooth experience for your sweet companion.

3. Stock your home with your pet’s necessities

As you’re packing your own items, you also need to make sure your home is filled with all of your pet’s essential items. Stock up on food, their favorite treats, and refill any medications or daily supplements if necessary. Also, don’t forget about any cleaning supplies your sitter may need to use, such as an enzymatic cleaner and paper towels.

4. Prepare your home and your pet

Before you walk out the door, you will want to make sure your home and your pet are ready for your absence. Double check to make sure all toxic items are out of your pet’s reach and close off any areas of your home where your pet or the sitter shouldn’t be. Make it a priority to introduce your pet to their sitter before your trip, to make sure they get along. And of course, give your pet lots of hugs, kisses, and snuggles before you go. If your pet seems a little uneasy about the situation, you might find it helpful to give them a calming supplement to ease their nerves.

Being away from your pet can be nerve-wracking, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right sitter and a solid plan in place, you can enjoy your time away knowing your beloved pet is in good hands.

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