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How to Pick a Pet Sitter – 5 Questions to Ask

December 14, 2011

You love your pets and want to do what is best for them. No one takes care of them like you do so it is hard to know how to pick a pet sitter that is qualified. When you need to go out of town or on vacation, the last thing you need is another thing to worry about. You want to know that your pet is in good hands. To avoid the snap decision of picking any pet sitter out of the phone book, you should start looking ahead of the time. There are many people and companies that offer pet sitting services but not all of them will be a good fit for you and your pet. The following are questions you should ask to help you know how to pick a pet sitter.

1. Does the applicant have experience taking care of the type of pet you have? If your pet has special needs, such as medicating, make sure the person will be able to accommodate them.

2. Does the applicant have references? You should make sure to contact people he has pet sat for to make sure he did an acceptable job. If he is unwilling to provide references, he could be hiding something.

3. Does the applicant have reliable transportation? If your pet becomes ill in his care, he needs to be able to transport to a veterinarian.

4. Does the applicant have another job that could interfere with keeping your pet on it’s regular schedule? Most pets are used to eating and being let out at certain times and changing this schedule along with your absence could stress them out.

The last but most important question is one you need to ask yourself. Does this person seem compassionate and responsible enough to leave your pet in his care? Go with your gut feeling on this one. If you are unsure and do not get a good feeling when meeting with this person, do not hire him. You do not want to worry about your pet while you are away so make sure you are comfortable with your decision. It’s hard to know how to pick a pet sitter, but if you ask the right questions, you will be much more comfortable leaving your pet while you are away.

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