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Choosing a Pet Sitter

Did you know that the first full week of March is Pet Sitters Week? Although our furry friends are important members of our families, they unfortunately can’t go everywhere with us. Many people choose to board their pets when they go out of town, but others prefer to use petsitters. But what makes a good petsitter? Below, a Greenwood, IN vet discusses choosing petsitters.

Dogs

Fido should definitely have a say in choosing his petsitter. Ideally, you would want to pick someone that your pooch is already familiar and friendly with. However, it’s also very important to choose someone that’s familiar with dogs. Your niece may love giving your canine buddy treats and belly rubs, but she may not know much about Fido’s needs. A professional, on the other hand, may know much more about important aspects of dog care, such as being able to recognize signs of sickness, and knowing what is and isn’t safe for Fido. Err on the side of caution.

Cats

Our feline friends are quite independent. Fluffy may only need someone to stop by to give her fresh food and water, and clean her litterbox. Of course, some kitties may need more hands-on care. Young kittens, senior cats, and furballs with medical issues should not be left alone for long periods of time. Ask your vet for recommendations. Also, if you have someone coming by to check on your kitty, keep a radio or TV on, so your furball doesn’t feel lonely.

Hiring A Professional

There are many professional petsitting services available. But which one is best? Do some research: ask people you know for recommendations, and read reviews. When you have a potential candidate, set up an interview. Ask plenty of questions, request references, and go with your gut!

Trial Run

Before leaving for a long trip, do a trial run, and have your petsitter take care of your furry pal for a shorter time, like an overnight stay. This will make things easier for both you and your pet later.

Communication

Communication is very important! Leave any special instructions in writing. Be clear and concise. Also, make sure that you and your petsitter are on the same page when it comes to things like treats, playtimes, feeding, and petiquette.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Greenwood, IN animal clinic, today!

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