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5 Things to Look for in a Pet Sitter When You’re Going Away on Vacation

October 26th, 2016 · No Comments · Travel Tips

Leaving Your Dog in Trusted Hands

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Like many Americans, you probably take a break from life every once in a while, and head out into the world on vacation. Whether you go near or far, the truth is, you can’t always take your dog or companion animal along on the trip. While boarding can be a great option, not everyone is able or interested in leaving their dog in the company of a pack of strangers, and for some, the costs are just too great. So what are the other options available?

For starters, a neighborhood dog sitter is probably your best bet. But you won’t want to leave your best friend in the hands of just anyone. With that in mind, here are a few easy ways to make sure that when you travel, your dog is in the best hands possible. Read on for a few things to consider next time you’re choosing a professional, qualified pet sitter.

Do You Have a Dedicated Veterinarian?

Veterinarians do so much more than just give your dog a physical once a year. Most vets are tried and true animal lovers, and they have your animal’s best interests at heart, almost as much as you do. They’re also vetted community members with a reputation to uphold. That being said, asking your veterinarian office for a list of qualified recommendations is a great place to begin the process.

On the other side, a dog sitter will likely be out in the community networking and developing a network of connections. If they’re any good at their jobs, they will have been in contact with the best veterinary offices in your area, and will be on your vet’s radar. If they’re professional and have a great reputation, your vet will know about it and won’t hesitate to recommend them.

And when the dog sitter has a connection with the vet’s office, you’re one step closer to being able to take comfort in the notion that when presented with an emergency, your dog will be just fine.

Have Other Friends With Dogs?

Check with what is possibly the best resource out there online for dog owners, the Humane Society of the United States. They provide dog owners with a great list of qualifications so you don’t have to figure out what to ask when you’re screening a dog sitter. After your vet, talk with friends who live nearby, and who have dogs. Ask them about their experience with dog sitters in the past, and if they would hire the same service or person again. When you get a few recommendations, you’ll have your list of questions from the Humane Society all ready to go.

Don’t be afraid to ask for proof of commercial liability insurance coverage in the event of an accident. And just like your contractor, they should be bonded to protect against theft by any of their staff members, too.

Will Your Pet Be Comfortable? Make Sure Before the Big Trip

You already treat your dog like another member of your family, so make sure that when you’re comfortable with a pet or dog sitter, that your dog is too! The last thing you want to do is to find a great potential dog sitter, only to discover the day you’re leaving that your dog and the sitter don’t really get along. Try to set up a play date well in advance of your departure, to ensure that your dog will be just as comfortable as you are with your choice in a pet sitter. That way, you’ll have plenty of time to exercise another option before you it’s time to go.

What’s Your Contingency Plan?

Things happen in life, and accidents, though unfortunate, are just a reality. When you choose a pet sitter, ask them about what they would do in the event of an emergency. You want confident, reasonably assured answers to put your mind at ease. Are they connected with a hospital? Have they dealt with emergencies in the past? If your pet is older and has special needs, are they able and willing to take care of them?

Talk with your chosen dog sitter about former clients that you can ask about their services. If they can offer recent references and those people’s opinions check out, you know you’re in good hands.

About the Author: This article has been researched and written by representatives of Scottsdale, Arizona-based Diamondback Drugs. We specialize in the art and science of veterinary compounding.

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