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Tips vacation-goers can use to select at-home pet care

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With summer on the rise, many vacation-goers will be looking for someone to care for their pets while they are away.

Many owners will opt for a professional pet sitter rather than a kennel or boarding facility, for their four-legged family members.

With an at-home caretaker, many serious psychological and physical health concerns that are associated with boarding can be avoided. Some of these concerns include emotional distress, kennel cough, Parvo disease, and the canine influenza virus. Pets are able to maintain normal activities, be nurtured in surroundings that are familiar to them, and they can maintain a daily physical fitness routine. 

Here are some tips provided by "Fetch! Pet Care" for selecting a professional pet-sitting service:

  • Always use a reputable source when selecting a pet sitter
  • Check sitter's references (at least three should be voluntarily provided); look for positive reviews online
  • Confirm that sitter has had criminal background check and received proper training
  • Ensure sitter offers a free in-home consultation; pre-interview sitter with your pet(s) present to observe interactions and establish a "comfort level" for both you and the pet(s)
  • Clearly demonstrate how you would like the sitter to use his/her time in terms of walking, playing, exercising, feeding, cleaning, etc.
  • Verify that the sitter can accommodate your pet's daily schedule, as well as your desired vacation schedule, even during the busiest holidays
  • Make sure the company offers 7-day-per-week telephone and e-mail availability
  • Make sure you provide all of your pet's medical and behavioral history, as well as veterinary and other emergency contact information. Gather all necessary supplies, including food, vitamins, and treats, in one central location
  • Ensure the company has back-up measures in place, should your primary sitter have an emergency that prevents them from performing your assignment
  • Be sure the sitter is fully-bonded and insured and offers a satisfaction guarantee
If you take the time to set these tips in place, you will be able to relax and feel at ease on vacation, knowing that your pet is being properly cared for. 

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