How Do You Know Which Pet Sitting Service to Use?
There are a number of options available these days; you can place your pet into a boarding kennels or cattery, you can have them stay at someone else’s house, or even have them looked after in your own home. With this wide choice of services how do you know who to use?
Obviously recommendation is a good start but what if you don’t have that benefit? What do you need to consider before you leave your beloved pet in the responsibility of someone else? What makes someone qualified to look after your pet? Have they had animals themselves? Do they know what to do if your animal is sick or injured? Are they practical and do they understand your animal?
If leaving your pet in someone’s care you’ll want to know what level of competency and knowledge they have. If your animal is staying at a kennel, cattery or someone’s house then that person must hold a licence with their local authority. The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions. An officer is sent out to the potential premises to ascertain whether they are fit to hold such accreditation and should a license be granted, it is then renewed on a yearly basis.
Another type of pet-sitting service involves a person looking after your pet in your own home whilst you are away. To our knowledge this is an unregulated profession, which means anyone can set up a business. However many businesses have found ways to give people peace of mind by having animal care, behaviour and training qualifications as well as being fully CRB checked and providing references. This type of care is perfect for pets that would not cope very well with being left in a different environment or for a cat that simply needs to be fed regularly. These pet-sitters can also double up and act as house-sitters to look after both your property as well as your pet(s).
It is wise to ensure that whoever looks after your pet has specialist insurance in place, covering public liability as a legal requirement and also including liability to animals in the person’s care and property damaged (in your own home). Of course, you may have friends or family close by who you trust to look after your pet. However, should you not have someone then pet-sitters can be a great alternative to catteries or kennels.
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No matter what type of service you use they should also meet your pet before you go away, be aware of your pet’s feeding and exercise regime whilst asking for all important contacts, including contact numbers for yourself and your pet’s vet. There are many specialist pet-sitting services out there; you just need to find the most suitable for you and your pet’s needs.