Choosing a pet care provider for your cherished pet can be a difficult task for a pet lover. For various reasons, including health concerns, environmental concerns, temperature concerns, and even housekeeping, many animals require special handling and care. How do you find a professional sitter if you do not want to kennel your pet?

Points to Consider When Looking for a Pet Care Provider

Every pet owner would like to have a pleasant experience with their pet’s care service. This article will highlight some of the points you should be aware of to distinguish professionals from hobbyists. People interested in pet care believe it is an easy method to earn a few dollars. However, professional pet care professionals are in the long-term and understand that making money is not simple.

1. Professionals have a backup plan

Professionals think of themselves as business owners. Therefore they have strategies and processes to accommodate every pet they care for regardless of a flat tire, personal issues, or influenza. As you interview the pet care professionals you meet, ensure you are aware and accept their “backup” plans.

2. Professionals are well-prepared

Every pet care business owner has had a few ’emergencies.’ These can range from dealing with a deceased pet to repairing broken keys. Check to see if your pet care provider has a procedure to handle any issues that may arise.

If an emergency occurs, it is critical that your sitter knows a reputable Windsor vet. You never know when a pet emergency will occur.

3. Professionals do not overbook

Discover how many visits your pet care provider makes on an average day. To ensure that they visit your pet throughout the contract, ask your pet-sitter to be realistic about the number of trips they can make each day. No pet-sitter intends to short-change their clients, but they may have to reduce visits to accommodate all the clients who make demands during peak seasons. If you plan to book during peak hours, keep this in mind.

4. Professionals understand their worth

It is not easy to make a living as a pet sitter, and many people start out intending to help as many pets as possible. However, if a great pet-sitter does not charge a fair price for the service they provide, the cost of running the business may force them out of line.

5. Professionals use a contract

To protect both you and the business, pet care professionals have a contract that outlines their responsibilities while you are away.

It is critical to ensure that you and your pet care provider thoroughly read the paperwork and understand what is and is not expected. I have heard of pet sitters who cut nails, clip fur, and perform other ‘extras.’ This is ideal if you want your dog groomed when you get home.

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6. Professionals prioritize the pet’s wellness

The goal of a pet care business owner is for your pet to be happy and healthy when you return home. As a result, they will never remove dogs from their homes, allow them to run free, or transport them in groups even if you will do it if given the opportunity.

If your pet needs special care, you can browse several websites or speak with a professional vet to learn more about the best possible diagnosis, treatment, and care.

7. Professionals work in a well-organized manner

Check to see if your pet care provider is properly insured and has a business license in your area. There is a story about a family who had to cut their vacation short because their housekeeper had left the water running overnight, flooding the finished basement – where the kittens were. The kittens were okay, but the cleanup was expensive and had extensive damage.

8. Professionals self-educate in business and pet care

A pet care business owner should know about first aid and issues affecting local business owners.

9. Professionals are amiable 

They should be eager to engage with you, even if you have had a negative experience. Professionals are in it for the long haul and committed to resolving your issues and demands. 

10. Professionals provide references

They have a list of testimonials in their marketing materials and are happy to provide you with satisfied customers’ names and contact information. And they never refer to or associate with other pet care professionals. They will never bad-mouth other services because they know better.

Keep these tips in mind when interviewing professional pet care providers. Whether you have just brought a new puppy into the house and need someone to take it for midday walks, potty breaks, or you are planning your first trip since adopting your kitten.