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Preparing for the Pet Sitter- make sure they know where the pet food, dog leashes and pet medication are kept.

Monday, December 28, 2009
posted by Jim Murphy

pet-sitterAre planning a trip soon? You know that you are placing a lot of responsibility in the hands of your pet sitter. You’re trusting this person to care for your precious pet while you’re gone.  You should help the sitter out by preparing your home properly. Start by doing an inspection of your home. Make sure that cleaning supplies and other materials that may be toxic to your pet are locked up.  Put poisonous plants out of reach. Lock outdoor gates and turn on any outside lights. In addition to leaving detailed contact information and detailed feeding and exercise instructions, make sure that you tell you pet sitter about any unusual circumstances like a door that doesn’t shut or a sink that doesn’t drain.  Make sure you tell the sitter where your pet supplies like pet food, dog leashes, dog water bowls and pet medication are kept. These small preparations will ensure the well being of your pet and will help ease your mind while you’re away.

One Response to “Preparing for the Pet Sitter- make sure they know where the pet food, dog leashes and pet medication are kept.”

  1. Arlene Kahn says:

    If the pet is on medication, you should show the pet sitter how the medication is administered, i.e., applied to ears, ground up and mixed with food, etc. Is the pet in kidney failure and requires hydration treatment? Make sure the pet sitter is shown how to perform the procedure. If the animal is too large for one person to handle, make sure your vet is aware of the pet sitting arrangement and the pet sitter knows where the vet is. You should also either make arrangements with the vet to be billed for any services rendered and/or medication refills while you’re gone. Also, make sure the pet sitter knows where the carrier is for transport to the vet

    If the animals have a hiding place where they disappear, let the pet sitter know so they can make sure the animal hasn’t shot out an open door.

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