With Memorial Day fast approaching, vacation season is upon us.  If you are not able to take your pets on vacation with you, and want them to be able to stay in the comfort of their own home, hiring a pet sitter is the way to go.  Below is a pet sitter checklist to help you prepare for your pet to have a stress free time while you are away.

Book your Pet Sitter ahead of time.  Vacation season and holidays are busy times for us, so be sure to schedule early so we can accommodate your pet sitting needs and take loving care of your pets while you are away.

Make a Spare House Key for your pet sitter if they do not already have one.  Make an extra to give to a neighbor, friend or family member just in case.  If you have a security system, schedule a time to show your pet sitter how to use it and make sure they have the code.

List Emergency Contacts.  Write down how you can be reached in case of emergency, your veterinarian’s contact information and perhaps also contact information for someone local in case you can’t be reached.  You may want to let your neighbors know that they will be seeing a pet sitter and even give them the contact information for the pet sitting company.

Leave Written Instructions for your pet sitter when you go on vacation.  Include information about your pet’s routine, preferences feeding instructions, medication instructions, house rules such as no dogs on couch, commands your dog knows, and those charming quirks that make your pet special.  You may want to email the instructions to the pet sitter ahead of time so your pet sitter can clarify instructions if needed. Then you can print out a copy to leave at your home.

Check your Pet Supplies and stock up on your pet’s food, medications, treats, and any other supplies that they will need while you are away.  Make sure to let you pet sitter know where you keep things like collars, leashes, treats, food, bowls, medication, dog bed or crate, and towels for wet/muddy paws.

Dog Proof your House before you leave.  Make sure all doors and gates are locked.  Put away anything harmful your dog may eat or chew.  Make sure your dog does not have access to trash or pantry areas.

Enjoy Your Trip!  We know it can be hard to be away from your furry friends, so let us know if you would like to get text messages or pictures of your pets while you are away.  We love taking care of your pets and want you to feel as comfortable as possible, too!

Going on vacation? Why not give us a call? Contact Dawn the Pet Nanny LLC at 610-716-7716 or go online to our website at www.dawnthepetnanny.org. You can also “like” our facebook page at www.facebook.com/dawnthepetnanny.