By Rosalind “Roz” Brennan
Vacation season is fast approaching and many pet owners will opt for an at-home pet sitter, rather than a boarding kennel facility, to care for their “other” family members. The benefits of at-home pet care include less stress for the pet, and the avoidance of exposure to serious concerns like canine influenza, parvo virus and external parasites such as fleas.
Finding a reputable pet sitter can be a challenge, but can be made easier by following these handy tips:
• Ask your veterinarian about reputable sitters in your area.
• Ask the sitter for references. They should be easily provided.
• Make sure the sitter is fully bonded and insured.
• Be certain that the sitter has adequate training and knowledge of pet care.
• Meet the sitter before your vacation to ensure compatibility between your pets and the caregiver.
• Make sure the sitter will be available at the times you need.
• Provide medical and behavioral history of your pets, as well as contact information for animal and/or household emergencies.
Selecting the right sitter to care for your pet and your home is not a decision to be taken lightly. By choosing a highly trained, reliable and well-screened pet sitter, you can ensure that your pet receives the love, attention and skilled treatment expected of a professional caregiver. Additionally, a pet sitter can ensure that your home remains safe and secure while you are away. That peace of mind is priceless.
Rosalind “Roz” Brennan is owner and operator of Pet Tenders Petsitting. A graduate of Morehead State University’s Veterinary Technology Program, Brennan is a registered animal technician – the veterinary equivalent of a registered nurse. She can be reached at (502) 451-3270.