My dog’s not fat – he’s just fluffy! It’s an old joke. But pet obesity is not funny. Pet parents in America are literally killing their pets with kindness. We feed them too much food – food often filled with empty calories that don’t meet their nutritional needs. We keep them crated or alone indoors all day while we work. Then when we get home in the evening, we are otherwise occupied or are too tired to give them the aerobic exercise they need every day. It’s a recipe for disaster and heartbreak. And our beloved pets suffer.
Potential clients sometimes have difficulty understanding how the cost of in-home pet care compares to the costs of a boarding facility or kennel. If you are thinking about making the switch from boarding your pet at a veterinarian or boarding facility to leaving them at home in the care of a professional pet sitter, the following analogy may be helpful.
A good pet sitter is dedicated to providing the best possible care for your pet in your absence. But even the most trustworthy, experienced sitter can run into trouble if you don’t make sure that your responsibilities are met.
A qualified, professional pet sitter provides many benefits for your pet, as well as for you. When you’re away from home, a professional pet sitter provides you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your pet is being cared for by a professional and that your home is being looked after.
Companion animals have been bred in ways that have left them susceptible to temperature extremes. Summertime is fun, but hot weather poses some unique pet care challenges. When the temperatures get extremely hot, pet safety should be top of mind.