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How To Choose A Pet Sitting Service

Feb 10, 2008
If you ever find yourself in need of a pet sitter because you have to go out of town or have a vacation planned, you want only the best care for your dog and you want a reliable sitter that will treat your pet as lovingly as you do. You already have thoughts of unhappiness because you have to leave, therefore, you want to have someone that will care for your pet the same way that you do. There are pet sitting services that take care of your pet just as you would and make sure they remain safe.

Trust is Important

You want a service that will not only take excellent care of your dog, but also one you can trust with your belongings as well. Because of this, you are going to want to conduct an interview and determine if the service is right for you and if they have honest workers. There are some important questions to ask when interviewing a potential pet sitting service.

Because accidents or unfortunate things can happen, you need to find out if they have a certain veterinarian service that they use and if they are always on call. You should also present the service you choose with your veterinarians name and any documents you have regarding your dogs health. This is vital in case of an emergency. They should also know that they could contact your personal vet as well.

You also want to know how they go about securing your home and your dog to prevent any accidents or possible break ins. In other words, how do they make sure your home is secure as what you have it when they arrive and leave? They should not only be concerned with your dog's safety but also your home since they are entering the home when you are gone. This is important when considering a pet sitter.

Another thing to inquire about is their plans for a back up pet sitter if the one that takes care of your home and dog is prevented from getting to your house due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather or sickness. You do not want to come home to a house that has accidents and possible break ins because no one shoed up to take care of your dog. This could also affect your dog's health and not in a good way if they are neglected.

Price can also be a major issue. The rate charged will depend on several things, including the distance you live from their location, the type of pet you have, and the amount of time required with your pet. Also, a single individual pet sitter will usually cost significantly less than an organization. This is because the pet sitter gets to keep 100% of your fee, instead of giving 2/3's or more to the organization to pay for insurance, marketing, and other costs.

After obtaining all the answers, you should be able to pick the right pet sitter service that will take care of your dog and your home while you are away.
About the Author
Kelly Perry is a full time author specializing in the pet industry. Two of her recent articles discuss raised dog bowls and orthopedic dog beds - two products in the "more expensive" category of dog supplies, but are worth paying extra for in some cases.
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