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Your Pet's History and Habits

 

In order for your pet sitter to provide the best care for your pet, he/she will need to know everything and anything about your animal.

You should provide your pet sitter with answers to a number of questions:

  • What are your pet's routines and schedules (eating, sleeping, walking, playing)?
  • Does your pet have major or minor health problems? 
  • Does he or she require medication?  If so, provide its location and schedule. If more than one pet requires medication, make sure you are very clear about which pet gets which medication. 
  • What should be done in case of an emergency?
  • Where do you keep your pet's food and water bowls, leashes and / or carriers, food and treats, and favorite toys?
  • Is your dog a chewer?  If so, make sure you provide the location of its chew toys.
  • What are your pet's favorite hiding places?  (This will prevent a panic if your animal is nowhere to be found)
  • Has your pet have a history of biting or aggression? (It is crucial for your pet sitter to know the truth in order to prevent any issues before they occur.) 
  • Does your pet have any unusual habits (changes in bowel movements, eating habits, fears, etc.)?

Also provide the pet sitter with written verification of up-to-date vaccinations (collar tags or copy of vaccination certificates).

Make sure that your pet has an identification tag with name, address and phone number (This goes for cats, as well as dogs)

Most pet sitters love notes and information. They are there to provide the very best for your pet. Open and honest communication makes their job easier and helps give you peace of mind knowing your pet sitter has the information they need to do a great job.