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So You Need a Pet Sitter?

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A guide to finding the right one for you and your fur baby.

There are a lot of so called “reputable” pet sitters out there and it is hard to know just where to take your pet. You are your pet’s guardian, so it is up to you to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

We need to know that the person (or people) that we entrust with our pet(s) will honour their needs and treat them like family. It is both the duty of the pet sitter and you (as your pet’s parent) to investigate your options and not just go to the closest or cheapest pet sitter. You need to do your research in order to be completely satisfied that you have made the right choice for your pet’s temporary accommodation.

You may want to start looking at Pet Sitting options on the internet. I personally feel that someone who looks after pets for the right reason will be very passionate about what they do for a living and therefore may have put in the extra time into creating a website, to visibly show you who they are and what their premises look like. This is not to say that just because someone doesn’t have a website, that they are not as caring and compassionate as someone who does, this is just a personal observation I have made.

A Pet sitter that offers a “Meet & Greet” is another important option. This allows the dog to familiarise themselves with their new environment prior to their stay. It also gives you an indication of how the sitter reacts with your dog, then you know there is a nice exchange of energy, which is very reassuring. Also, if you agree that this pet sitter is someone you would like to work with, then your dog will automatically remember his or her last experience with them and will feel more relaxed and at ease when the time comes to drop them off for their holiday.

I have put together a check list that may help to summarise and effectively help you in making an informed decision when it comes to someone else caring for your beloved fur child.

  • Research on the internet
  • Ask them about their background – to do with animals
  • Ask them if they have any specific training like First Aid or other
  • Find out how long they have been doing pet sitting
  • Arrange a “meet & greet"
  • Check that the area in which they will be staying is secure and hygienic with ample shelter
  • Ensure that the pet sitter has insurance (in case of any unforeseeable accidents)
  • Go with your gut feeling – If it’s not right, don’t commit!

You need to feel right in the choices that you make for your pet, so do some investigating and try and exhaust as many options as possible when it comes to finding a pet sitter.

Your pet’s care is ultimately your responsibility, so choose wisely!

Tracey Morrison is a Homeopath, Animal Health Practitioner, Remedial Massage Therapist and Writer, passionate about providing natural alternatives for optimum health and wellbeing. Tracey operates her private practice “Proactive Pets” from both Western Sydney (based near the beautiful Blue Mountains) and also on the Lower North Shore. Tracey can be contacted on 0419 813 620, by email Tracey@proactivepets.com.au or visit us at www.proactivepets.com.au

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