Updated: Jul 28
Have you ever wondered if a professional pet sitter is right for you? Why not just ask a neighbor or friend to check on your pets while you’re away? Or why not just board your pets at a facility? Here are a few reasons why you should consider hiring a professional pet sitter.
Professional pet sitters are insured and bonded
Insurance covers pet sitters against financial loss should an accident occur while a pet is under their care. A dishonesty bond gives you, the pet owner, peace of mind that should anything get stolen from your home you would be reimbursed. Any reliable, professional business should have liability insurance and a dishonesty bond.
Professional pet sitters receive certification, training, and continued professional development
Many professional pet sitters get certified in Pet First Aid and CPR. Others get their Fear Free Pet Sitter Certification, which means they have received training in how to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets. They stay up-to-date with the latest developments in pet care so they are well-equipped to identify behaviors, enrichment opportunities, and other areas that might go unnoticed by a non-professional. *
Professional pet sitters are more reliable than a neighbor or hobbyist
For professionals, pet sitting is not just a side job to earn extra cash or just a favor they’re doing for someone; it’s their career. They dedicate their time, energy, and resources to providing the best pet care they can for their clients. This means they will take the responsibility of caring for your pets (and by extension, your home) very seriously. They will not “forget” to stop by or get “too busy” to pop in and feed Fluffy. They recognize that pet sitting involves caring for lives that depend on them.
Your pets will be more comfortable staying at home
Not all pets do well in a boarding facility or veterinarian's office. Many pets develop anxiety and stress-related health issues such as stress colitis. Of course, there are some cases where boarding your pet at their veterinarian’s office might be a better option, like if your pet has medical issues and needs round-the-clock care. Ideally, however, you want your absence to have a minimal effect on your pets. Keeping them at home means they will be surrounded by familiar and comforting smells, sounds, and sights. The only difference in their routines will be having a new face come to visit them. And although some pets take time to warm up to strangers, they typically warm up faster when they are in a familiar environment.
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