Pet Sitter Instructions
Hiring a pet sitter to look after your pet(s) while being away from home offers a number of benefits for both your four-legged friend(s) and yourself. Your pet(s) will be cared for at home where they feel safe, comfortable and happy. At the same time, they will be spared the stress of traveling/being transported for hours only to end up in an unfamiliar place. You, on the other hand, will be able to go on a vacation or business trip without the need to worry about your animal(s) safety, health and wellbeing while being away.
In order for both pets and their owners to benefit from using a pet sitter, it is of utmost importance for the latter to have all the key information about both the pet(s) and their owner. Ideally, the sitter should be provided with detailed written instructions at least one day before the departure in order to be able to ask questions if having any and discus any special needs/requirements the pet(s) might have. If there is not enough time to go through the instructions with the chosen pet sitter, leave a written copy with relevant information which should include:
– Date of departure and return. Obviously, the sitter needs to know when and how long their services will be needed. Also, specify how many visits do you want and the preferred time. Be sure to contact your sitter immediately if there are any changes or delays in your return. If they aren’t able to cover the extra time, ask them for help in finding another pet sitter.
– Your contact information. Ideally, you should leave multiple contact options including your cell phone number, email address and land-line number if available in order for the sitter to be able to reach you in the event of an emergency.
– Your vet’s contact information. It is very important for your sitter to know where to turn to if your pet(s) needs an emergency veterinarian care/treatment. You are also recommended to let your vet know that you are going on a trip and how long you will be gone as well as the type of care to provide in case of an emergency while you are away.
– Where to find food, treats, medications, toys, collar/harness, waste bags and other grooming/care necessities. Equally important is to provide information about the amount and frequency of feeding, schedule for medications (if taking any), preferred activities (e.g. going for a walk), grooming needs, etc.
– Other. Your sitter will also appreciate information such as personality traits of your pet(s) especially when around strangers, behavior issues (if having any) like tendency to bite or history of running away, etc. Also, be sure to provide security information such as where do you keep a spare key, security system code and at least two emergency contacts in case you are unavailable.