Spring break is here and summer is right around the corner. That means for a lot of us, getting out of town with our loved ones for a much needed vacation is on the horizon. And even though we’d love for them to come, we can’t always take our four-legged family members with us. That’s exactly why you hire a pet sitter. So, you can go on your vacation with peace of mind that they are being cared for in the comfort of their own home
Once the vacation is planned, the hotel is booked, the pet sitter is schedule and lists are being made; you may be left thinking, “well, should I and how do I prepare my house for a pet sitter?” Firstly, yes there are a few things you should do to prepare for a pet sitter and here is what you need to know.
Put everything in one central location:
Gather all of your pet’s care items as well as emergency contact information in one easy to find location. Clear out a drawer or cabinet, or simply put everything in a tupperware and leave it on the table.
Things to include in your pet sitter prep:
- List of emergency numbers and hotel/flight information – Don’t forget to include numbers of your vet, plus family or friends in case you are unreachable.
- Explanation of daily routine/areas where they are or are not allowed. Include their general likes and dislikes, as well as sneaky habits if they have any.
- Food & Treats including can opener and plastic bowls if needed. Throw in an extra bag of food just in case. Some dogs tend to eat more out of boredom when their owner is away.
- Leashes (more than one is best)
- Extra collar with tag
- Flashlight and batteries
- Medicine (if needed – with instructions)
- Paper towels and cleaning supplies
- Plastic grocery bags
Pet Proof the House:
Once you have your drawer or box of supplies ready, it’s time to do a little extra pet proofing. Even though your pet sitter will be checking on them everyday while you’re gone, it’s important to make sure the area is safe. Mundane items of the home may suddenly seems like something fun, including blinds, cords, books, dvds, etc. Also, don’t forget to put away any toxic cleaners or plants while you’re away.
These simple pet sitter prep steps will go a long way in helping your pet get the best care while you’re away. And it’ll give you extra peace of mind to enjoy your much needed vacation.Book your services today!