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Professional Pet Sitting… A Better Choice In Pet Care!
When people travel and have to leave their pets many feel the only option is to call the local kennel or inconvenience a friend or neighbor to look after them. Not anymore! Many people aren’t aware they have another option and that is to hire a professional pet sitter.
With a professional pet sitter your pets can stay in the comfort of their own home. They won’t be exposed to the stress and possible illness or injury from being exposed to other animals. Plus they get personalized attention, just as they would from their owner. And in many cases it’s less expensive to hire a professional pet sitter.
While some animals do fine in a kennel, many do not. Many pets come home with weight loss, depression, anxiety, digestive issues, and kennel cough even after getting all their required shots. Some don’t want to eat or interact with their family the way they used to. Older animals are more prone to show symptoms of the stress associated with being left in a strange environment.
Professional pet sitters are properly licensed, insured, and/or bonded depending on what type of service is offered. Many have many years of experience, have references, and are dedicated animal care providers. They also have special training ranging from certification from The American Red Cross Pet First Aid and CPR class, to accreditation from nationally known pet sitting organizations. They follow a high code of ethics that include honesty, dependability, and treating every pet as if it was their own.
Most are experienced giving veterinary prescribed medications as required, including insulin injections. They also provide the added benefits of taking care of your basic household duties like watering plants, bringing in the mail, putting out the trash, and rotating lighting and window treatments as part of their services, providing your home with a “lived in look” to help deter crime. Others may provide overnight in home pet sitting, dog walking services or mid day pet visits for people that work long hours or can’t give their pets the proper exercise or relief they need.
Professional pet sitters meet with potential clients and their pets in advance to get acquainted with them and learn more about each pet’s particular needs. Visits are generally thirty minutes or longer and as many visits needed per day can be scheduled. Visits include feeding, fresh water, exercise, as well as lots of attention. They try to make sure pet stays as close to their normal routine as possible. Most will leave visit notes or update pet owners while they are gone.
So the next time you have to leave your pets behind, do them and yourself a favor and look into hiring a professional pet sitter!
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