Pet sitter information for clients
Dr. Nelson emphasizes that the list contains suggested traits, not necessary ones. "When it comes to pet sitters, not everyone will meet all the criteria," Dr. Nelson says. "That doesn't mean they're bad pet sitters."
She also has a list of pet owner responsibilities to make sure pet sitting goes smoothly. Here are both lists.
Picking a pet sitter
> What training has the pet sitter received?
> Does the sitter have written proof of insurance? Is he or she bonded?
> What services does the pet sitter offer, such as in-home grooming, walking, training, and playtime?
> How often will the sitter check on your pet, and will he or she perform any other house-sitting duties?
> Is the sitter comfortable giving medication, subcutaneous fluids, or injections, if necessary?
> If the sitter uses another veterinarian, will he or she use your veterinarian in the event of an emergency?
> Can you get a list of client references from the sitter?
> Does the sitter have a written contract that spells out services and fees?
> When you invite the sitter over before your trip, does she interact well with your pets?
> Does the sitter have an experienced backup?
Preparing a pet sitter
> Make reservations with the sitter early to avoid last-minute problems.
> Be sure the pet is well-socialized and accustomed to strangers.
> Provide current ID tags and vaccination information for the pet as well as past and current medication information.
> Leave clear instructions for the sitter's specific responsibilities as well as any medication the pet may need. Keep food and supplies in one place, along with extras.
> Give a neighbor a house key as a precaution.
> Show the pet sitter the home's safety features, such as the circuit breaker and security system.
> Provide written authorization for the sitter to act on your behalf in case of a medical emergency.
> Discuss your wishes with the sitter in the event that your pet dies.
> Provide complete contact information to the sitter as well as information of another family member.