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What does a Professional Pet Care Assistant do?
Why should I hire a professional?
Professional Pet Care Assistants are just what the description implies – professional. While having friends, family, or neighbors care for your pets may seem like a logical choice, professional pet care assistants do this for a living and have the experience necessary to care for your animals. We are insured and belong to several industry trade associations. This means that you can trust us to act responsibly when we enter your home. Since this is our job, you can always count on us to be there.
Advantages For Your Pet
- Your pet stays in the comfort and security of his/her own home, surrounded by the sights, sounds, and scents most familiar to him/her.
- Your pet stays on his/her customary diet and exercise routine.
Your pet receives personalized individual attention.
- Your pet is not directly exposed to illness, noise, or stress that may be present in a kennel.
- Pets receive consistent, loving and customized care from the same pet sitter, allowing bonding between them. Your pet feels more secure, and your pet sitter is more readily able to recognize behavior that may require medical attention.
Advantages For You
- While you are away, you can feel confident your pet is in capable and caring hands.
- No need to transport your pet, and best of all, your pet is waiting for you when you get home.
- To aid in crime deterrence, pet sitters can rotate lights and blinds, and bring in your newspaper and mail to give your home a lived-in look.
- No imposing on friends, family, and neighbors, all of whom have their own busy schedules. Your pet’s care is our number one priority.
- We have clear business policies, procedures, and documentation in place for your protection and ours.
- We have carefully thought out back-up and emergency plans for your pet’s safety.
- You will have peace of mind knowing that your pets are receiving the best care possible.
What kinds of animals do you care for?
We care for a variety of pets, from the usual dogs and cats to birds, gerbils, hamsters, and other furry friends. We do not have experience with reptiles. I don’t need a pet sitter, I need a dog walker! We also offer dog walking services at flexible times to clients who can’t get home to exercise and provide a potty break for their dogs.
What happens if my pet gets sick while I'm away?
At our initial consultation, we will discuss and document your preferences for veterinary care. You must arrange for payment to your veterinarian of choice should care for your pet(s) be required in your absence.
You will be contacted in non-emergency situations prior to any decisions being made about care. In the case of an emergency, we will take your pet(s) to your preferred veterinarian or to the MSU Small Animal Emergency Clinic.
I'd like to save money by having my friend, relative, or neighbor share pet sitting duties. Good idea, right?
My cat is indepedent. Would you visit him every other day?
Since I'm planning to leave a big bowl of food for my dog, and he has a doggie door, can you come once a day?
When is it not appropriate to hire a Pet Care Assistant?
There are some cases where pet sitting may not be the best alternative for your pet. Here are some examples:
- We are able to give your pet basic oral medication. If your pet is in failing health, or requires more intensive care, we suggest boarding your pet at your vet’s office, which can provide 24 hour care.
- If your pet is aggressive, or doesn’t react well to visitors or strange people entering your home, it would be best to board your pet.
- If your pet gets very destructive in your absence, or suffers from severe separation anxiety, he or she may be better off at a boarding facility around other dogs and people.
What happens in the event of a weather emergency or natural disaster?
Why does my cat have to be vaccinated? It lives indoors!
What if I don't believe in vaccinating my pets?
What do I need to do to prepare for my Pet Care Assistant?
Before you leave for your trip, make sure these things are in place to make for a smooth transition for your Pet Care Assistant and your pet:
For Your Pet
- Your pet will need to be up to date on vaccinations. While this is a complicated topic, you and your veterinarian should be in agreement on specific vaccinations that your pet needs to maintain optimal health.
- Make sure that your pet’s collar fits properly and that an identification tag with current contact information is attached. If you are using an invisible fence, make sure batteries are fresh and the system is working properly before you leave.
- Have extra food, litter, medications and other supplies in case you are delayed in returning home.
- Place medicines and pill pockets out where your assistant can access them (but out of reach of your pet!).
- Put out leash and potty bags.
For Your Pet Care Assistant
- Confirm all visit dates and times with your Pet Care Assistant prior to service commencing. Provide precise feeding instructions.
- To ensure accurate administration of medication, label prescriptions clearly along with dosage.
- Provide your flight itinerary and lodging information.
- Let your Pet Care Assistant know where your pet’s crate/carrier is located. Keep it accessible in case your pet needs to be transported or evacuated.
- If you have an alarm system, make sure to test it, and provide your Pet Care Assistant with the keypad code, as well as any spoken password, in case of a false alarm.
- To avoid concern by neighbors, let them know that a professional Pet Care Assistant will be caring for your house and pets while you are away.