Celebrate pet caregivers!

At the tail end of National Pet Sitters Week (March 6-12), we wanted to recognize those caregivers who help pet parents by providing care for their furry loved ones.

Choosing a caregiver for your furry loved one can be almost as taxing as finding a babysitter for your child. But just because it’s your pet, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t find someone who has experience and who is properly insured and bonded.

More and more pet owners are using the services of professional pet sitters to take advantage of the benefits in-home pet care provides:

According to Pet Sitters International, the benefits of a pet sitter are myriad:

  • Happy, less stressed pets.
  • No interruption of “the routine.”
  • No “travel trauma” for owner or pet.
  • Less exposure to illness.
  • No imposition on friends and family.
  • Peace of mind.

For full peace of mind, ask lots of questions. Find out about their background, their philosophy about pet care, what their services include, how long they’ve been doing it, and most importantly if they’re certified, bonded and insured. PSI offers a full questionnaire you can use for interviewing potential sitters here.

Most importantly, have a meet and greet before deciding on your sitter. Allow your pets to meet them and vice versa. Watch your pet’s behavior as well as the potential sitter’s behavior. If either side looks uncomfortable, take a step back and think hard before hiring.

While an in-home service can be a benefit for many pets, having a certified, qualified kennel to take Fido and Fluffy to is another boon. Some cats can get very sick from the stress of their owners being gone. In a kennel situation, the furry loved one can be monitored while she relaxes at home away from home. For active dogs, boarding or daycare can also provide a well-needed outlet for boundless energy.

So whether your pets are cared for by a pet sitter or a boarding/daycare facility, make sure you thank those caregivers for everything they do!