Are you anxious about leaving your pet home when you head out of town for work or pleasure? Experiencing concerns as you head out of town is to be expected. Many pet parents worry about the level of care their pet will receive as well as things that can go wrong. However, you’ve hired Animal Admiration, where we take our role as caregivers very seriously. That said, arming your pet sitter with vital information about your pet and home before you leave will ensure success for everyone involved. Following is a list of what to tell your pet sitter before you go out of town:
Entering your Home
It might seem silly but, when you think about it, there are multiple ways to enter most homes. Think about how you regularly enter your home; allowing your pet sitter to mimic your routine will put your pet at ease. It will also prevent the element of surprise or anxiety when a door is opened that doesn’t usually get much use. Using the usual entrances and exits also alerts others in the neighborhood that someone is “home” because they will see your pet sitters coming and going in the same way they are used to seeing you.
In addition to informing us of the best way to access your home, be sure to leave functioning keys, current alarm codes, working garage door openers, and other items that allow home access. Ensuring that we have accurate codes and working tools ensures we don’t have to interrupt your travels if we have an issue accessing your home and pet(s.)
Pet’s Behavioral History
Your pet sitter should know your pet’s behavioral history and temperament. This information is important even if your pet won’t be leaving home. Does your pet experience anxiety, fear, or aggression in any situation? Do they act out in certain ways when left alone? Is your pet prone to tearing up the toilet paper, getting into closets or pantries, or self-harming in any way? Does your dog try to chase the mailman, cats, cars, or kids on bikes while on walks? Providing your pet sitter with this type of information will keep your pet safe because your pet sitter will know how to prepare for and possibly prevent these behaviors.
Pets are creatures of habit. They live by their internal clock, which is often dictated by the routines of the human members of the household. Keeping your pet’s mealtime routines as close to normal as possible will help your pet remain happy and stress-free during your travels. Plan your pet’s visits according to their usual routines and please let us know if there are any timed medications we need to be aware of.
Location of Supplies
Make a list of everything your pet sitter may need for your pet’s care while you’re out of town and note the location for each item. Think about meals, toys, leashes, poop bags, medicine, grooming items, towels, bedding, extra litter, and more. The last thing you want is for your pet sitter to spend much of their visit time in your home searching for supplies.
If you place a last-minute order from Chewy or similar online retailers, please let us know so that we can be on the lookout for necessary supplies when we arrive for visits.
Pet’s Medical History
Informing your pet sitter of your pet’s medical history is a must. Anything can happen when you’re gone. Your pet sitter should be made aware of any medicine your pet is on or has been on in the past. You should also make your pet sitter aware of any illnesses, food allergies, recent surgeries, etc. Detailed medical information can save your pet’s life if something goes wrong. Having awareness of your pet’s medical history can also prevent issues because many pet-related ailments can become chronic. If we notice signs of relapse or flare-up, we can take necessary steps to prevent a worsening of your pet’s condition.
In addition to medical history, your pet sitter should also be aware of what veterinary clinic your pet goes to as well as your preferred emergency animal hospital.
While the vast majority of our clients will never be contacted due to an emergency while they are away, we like to prepare for this possibility. For this reason, not only should your pet sitter have all the ways to contact you in the event of an emergency, but you should also leave contact information for a local family member or friend. If you cannot be reached, we will reach out to your local emergency contact to make decisions on your behalf. Because emergencies such as illness, natural disaster, frozen or busted pipes, AC or heating outages, etc. can arise, we must be able to reach someone that you trust with your home and pet if you cannot be reached.
In addition, we highly encourage you to speak to your estate planning team to designate a pet guardian in case you are incapacitated or otherwise unable to take over care of your beloved pet upon your return. It is in your pet’s best interest for someone to step in should you be unexpectedly hospitalized or if the unthinkable happens while you’re traveling.
As you head out of town for work or pleasure, arm your pet sitter with this vital information. It will not only relieve some of your concerns but will also put your pet sitter in the best position to care for your pets. Provide your pet sitter with key details and focus on your trip. Our goal is for our clients to head out of town with a smile on their faces knowing that the care providers at Animal Admiration Pet Care Services are prepared for anything and everything.