If you are planning a family vacation the safety and well-being of your pet may be on your mind. Using a pet sitting service can keep your pet in the same familiar environment and in the comfort of your home. Using a professional sitting service also gives you the piece of mind that your loved ones are being cared for by a professional. Keeping your furry friend at your own home also gives you the convenience of not having to pick up your pet at the kennel. When your vacation is over you just come home to see your animals.

Why not just use a friend or neighbor?

It is important to weigh all the factors when it comes to hiring a sitting service. Obviously, if you have family member that can take the pet, you may want to go that route. What it comes down to is having someone you trust to look after your home and animals and ultimately someone that makes you feel comfortable.

When using a pet sitting service, it is the obligation of the sitter to care for your animals, it is their job not just a favor. Most pet sitters have chosen their profession because of their love of animals and typically have pets of their own. Also, a professional pet sitter has a binding contract to protect your pet and your home as well.

Why Else Would You Hire a Service?

Other reasons you may want to hire a pet sitting service could include keeping your pet on the same feeding, bathroom and exercise schedule, keeping your pet out of a pet kennel and having a trained professional to care for your dog in case of emergency.

If you hire a pet sitting service it allows you to keep your pet on the same feeding and bathroom schedule. This keeps your dog at ease. Also, if your pets exercise and playtime stays the same they may not even know you left! Also, having a professional trained in pet first aid and CPR looking after your pet in the case of an emergency can save your pets’ life. Furthermore, keeping your pet out of pet kennel can keep them healthy and disease free.

What to Look For in a Pet Sitter

There are a few key items to ask for when you are hiring a pet sitting service. Ask the sitter for a business license. Most professionals will be registered within the state and also with the city in which they reside and work. Also, ask to see proof of insurance. All professional services must be insured and bonded to care for your animals. Make sure that your pet sitter is certified in first aid, pet sitters should be able to provide proof that they are certified through a reputable organization like Red Cross.

The service should also provide a contract that explicitly outlines their terms of service and that is legally binding. This protects you and your pet, as well as the pet sitter. Be cautious if the pet sitter does not require a contract, this may mean that they are not liable for anything that may happen while you are gone. Always get something in writing.

When it comes to selecting a service always use your best judgment. If something seems fishy, request references and do your research before hiring a company. After all, what is the use of going on vacation if you are worrying about your pet the entire time you are gone?


Source by Kyle Michael