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Professional Pet Sitters Week

March 1, 2021

International Pet Sitters Week is the first full week of March! This event was founded by PSI, the world’s largest professional pet sitters organization. While your furry buddy 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 going to be times that people need to leave their dogs in the care of others. A local vet discusses pet sitting below.


B  enefits of A Sitter

When should you use a sitter or dog walker? These services can be a perfect solution for times when you are working long hours. Fido is usually pretty good about holding it, but even the best-trained pup can only go so long. The fresh air, exercise, stimulation, and company a dog walker provides will definitely benefit him, and just help break up his alone time.


Sitter Or Boarding?

Why use a pet sitter, as opposed to boarding Fido? While every circumstance is different, we would generally advise boarding if you’re going to be gone for more than a day. It’s worth noting that many kennels have reduced their hours or capacity, or even paused services, during the Covid-19 pandemic. This may make pet sitting the obvious choice for some, at least for now.


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 quite a bit cheaper, and people are comfortable leaving their pups are in friendly, familiar hands. However, if something were to happen, that could potentially strain—or even ruin—your relationship. You also won’t have the protection that a licensed pet 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 carefully vet their applicants, but even this isn’t always foolproof. Ask for references, and check review sites. You might also want to ask your friends, family members, co-workers, and veterinarian for recommendations. One thing that is really 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! Introduce him to his caretaker, and see how he does.


Trial Run

Whether you choose to go with boarding or pet sitting, we recommend starting out with a short trial run. In case of boarding, this helps 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!

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