Though it’s not quite warm around here in Creston yet, that doesn’t stop us from daydreaming of sunny places. If you’re looking to make a spring break getaway without your furry friend, check out these tips for preparing for a pet sitter.

#1: Ensure your pet’s ID tags and microchip info are up-to-date
If you’ve moved or changed your phone number recently, check that your pet’s collar ID tags are correct and that you’ve notified your microchip company of the change. Consider adding the emergency contact info of a nearby friend or family member who can be reached while you’re out of town, for additional peace of mind.

#2: Remove any potential hazards for your pet
If you know your dog is obsessed with dirty socks, quickly sweep your home, searching for such hidden hazards, as well as electrical cords, plants, food wrappers, or household cleaners. Although a pet sitter will be caring for your pet, some pets become anxious without their owners and turn to abnormal destructive behaviors, so ensure everything is picked up before leaving.

#3: Stock an ample supply of food, treats, medications, and litter
Ensure your furry pal is well-stocked with the necessities so that your pet sitter doesn’t have to make a mad dash all over town for your finicky feline’s favourite food. Also, refill your pet’s prescriptions so that plenty are on hand, in case there’s a struggle medicating your furry pal and doses are wasted.

#4: Leave detailed instructions for your pet sitter
It’s better to leave your pet sitter with too much information, rather than having her struggle to reach you with questions while you’re away. Create a list of detailed instructions, including:

  • Spare key location
  • Feeding and walking schedule
  • Medication schedule and potential side effects
  • Quirks about your pet, such as not leaving your dog unsupervised with specific toys

#5: Have emergency contact information readily available
In case you can’t be reached, ensure multiple emergency contacts and their information is handy. Include our hospital’s number, the nearest emergency veterinary hospital’s number, and the contact info for a neighbour, friend, or family member who can make medical decisions about your pet.

Make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations and stocked up on any medications he or she needs. Contact us to schedule an appointment.