When you can’t take your pet with you on vacation or need to head out somewhere, leaving your pet behind can be stressful for you and them. There are many options from boarding at your vet, to a daycare facility that has overnight options, to asking a friend to watch your pet. But sometimes the best option is have your pet stay at the house and have someone come over. That’s where a professional pet sitter comes in.
Pet sitting is a service and to make sure you are hiring someone who fits well with your pet’s personality and energy level means that an interview is crucial. Your pet will meet the pet sitter, you’ll get a chance to get a feel for the person, and you decide if you want to hire the person. But there are some questions that you should ask when interviewing a pet sitter.
6 questions to ask before hiring a pet sitter
- If it’s a company, will the same pet sitter come by everyday or stay at the house? If not, what is their interview process for the pet sitters they hire? Is there a background check on all employees?
- What is the schedule the pet sitter who is available for the days you need? Is s/he able to take care of your pet and keep your pet on the same feeding and exercise schedule?
- How many dogs are walked at once?
- Is the pet sitter experienced with dispensing medication, CPR, and other first aid safety procedures?
- If your pet needs to go to the vet, will they call you first? What vet do they use?
- What other services will the pet sitter do? Take in mail? Water the garden?
Have you hired a pet sitter? What was your experience? Let us know!
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