Preparing to leave your pets at home while you are away can be tough but you have made the right decision in hiring a trusted pet sitter. Pets respond better when they are in their home environment and having a professional sitter can ensure your pets are as stress free and happy as possible while you are away. Before you go there are a few things to do in order to prepare for a pet sitter, to ensure the health and safety of both the pets and the sitter.
Ensure all information is up to date
Is your pet on new medication or have new feeding instructions? Did the door code change? Using a new harness? Things change and while it may not seem new to you, if it has been a few months since your pet sitter has last visited, take a minute to check over your profile and make sure everything is up to date. This is the best way to be sure your pet can keep their routine and your pet sitter does not have to call you during your trip for additional information. Be as clear and concise as possible.
Store food and medication safely away
It is important to remember that your pets are not always the same while you are gone. If you have a dog that typically stays out of the food, that may not be the case under the stress of your absence. Additionally, medication should be stored safely away in a cabinet or a box that cannot be accessed by any pet in the house. We want to set up the household for success so placing the items securely out of reach is the best way to guarantee no issues.
Be sure your house is safe and secure
We want to make sure the sitter can easily and safely get into and move around the home. Be sure to leave lights on inside and outside the home. Always be sure the entrances and exits through the house offer safe passageways and are not blocked. Be sure to hide your key in a safe place and inform your sitter ahead of time. You should make sure to communicate alarm codes and instructions. If there will be anyone else in and out of your home while you are away, please be sure to inform Lezlie’s Pet Sitting prior to leaving town.
Update your emergency contact information
While we never want to have to use it, it is very important to have emergency contact information up to date. This should include a few responsive contacts along with your vet information. Be sure to have it updated in your online profile, but it is also a good idea to have it written down somewhere easily accessible for the sitter.
Treats, treats and more treats!
The pet sitters love to spoil your pets with lots of treats and playtime when applicable. So be sure to have plenty of their favorite toys and treats readily available. Make sure the leash and harness is out for them to go on walks. Anything that will enhance the experience for your pets!