Did you know that International Pet Sitters Week is the first week of March? This event was founded by PSI, the world’s largest professional pet sitters organization. While Fido would love to go everywhere with you, that just isn’t always possible. And, while many people have been working from home this year, there are still times that people need to leave their furry friends in the care of others. A local vet discusses pet sitting below.
Sitter Or Boarding?
When should you use a pet sitter, as opposed to boarding your dog at a kennel? While every circumstance is different, we would generally advise boarding Fido if you’re going to be gone for more than a day. It’s worth noting that many kennels have reduced their capacity during the pandemic, which may make pet sitting the obvious choice for some.
Benefits of A Sitter
When should you use a sitter or dog walker? They can be a perfect solution for days when you are working long hours. Fido is usually pretty good about holding it, but he can only be left alone for so long. The fresh air, exercise, stimulation, and company a dog walker provides will definitely benefit your pooch. Plus, it will help break up his alone time.
Friends And Family
Many people opt to ask their friends or family members to watch their dogs. There are some obvious benefits here: it’s often cheaper, for one. People are also often comfortable leaving their pups in friendly, familiar hands. However, if something were to happen, that could strain—or even ruin—your relationship. You also won’t have the legal or financial protection that a licensed sitter or kennel would offer.
Choosing Fido’s Sitter
If you are going to use a pet sitter, the first and biggest concern is screening applicants. Professional organizations do vet their applicants, but even this isn’t always going to be foolproof. Ask for references, and check review sites. You may also want to check and see if your friends, family members, co-workers, and veterinarian can recommend anyone. One thing that is very important is making sure that your canine pal’s sitter or kennel is properly licensed, bonded, and insured. Of course, Fido should also be able to weigh in on the matter. Introduce him to his new pal, and see how he reacts.
Regardless of whether you choose boarding or pet sitting, we recommend starting out with a short trial run. In case of boarding, this will help Fido get used to his home away from home. With pet sitters, it allows you a chance to see how things go.
Is your pet due for vaccinations or an exam? Contact us, your local veterinary clinic, today!