Yay, you’re going on vacation! You have the airline tickets and hotel booked, bought a brand new suitcase, purchased your “vacation clothes” and most importantly (in my opinion!), arranged for a pet sitter to care for your pet while you’re gone. You’re almost ready to walk out the door to head to the airport. But wait! If you’re a new pet sitting client, review this checklist to ensure your pet and pet sitter have everything they’ll need while you’re gone so you can enjoy a relaxing and worry-free time away.
Checklist: Top 5 Things for Clients to Remember Before Leaving
- Pet Food: take note of how much food you have on hand and quickly calculate the amount of food your pet normally consumes in a day and multiply that by the number of days you’ll be gone (plus a little bit more to be safe). Plan for a quick trip to the store to pick up more if needed. However, if you’ve miscalculated, rest assured that Squeaky Toy Pet Services offers an errand service as a customized add-on service for an additional fee. We can pick up extra food as well as any other items that may be needed.
- Medications: if your pet requires daily medication or even needs their monthly heart worm/flea/tick preventative while you’ll be gone, make sure you have enough on hand. Contact your veterinarian for a refill in advance of your trip.
- Speaking of your veterinarian, it’s a good idea to contact them to let them know you’ve hired a professional pet sitter to care for your pet while you’re away. Give them your pet sitter’s full contact information including company name, sitter name, telephone number and email address. Ask them to add this information to your pet’s permanent file so they’ll have access to it for any future services.
- Emergency contact list: Take a moment to ensure that the emergency contact information you’ve given your pet sitter is up-to-date. Double check your contact’s phone number and just as important, make sure they know that you’ve listed them as an emergency contact in case your pet sitter needs to call them. Just as you did for your veterinarian, give them your pet sitter’s name and phone number, or better yet, give them your pet sitter’s business card to keep on file.
- One often overlooked item to check is your home’s doors, locks and/or security system. Help your pet sitter avoid unnecessary frustration by maintaining your door locks and garage door keypad in top working order. Inspect locks for wear and tear and use a product with graphite powder to help lubricate sticky or stubborn keyholes. Check that your garage door keypad is responsive to touch and that the code you’ve given your pet sitter does indeed open and close the door.
Taking a few minutes to ensure the above has been taken care of before you head out the door can mean the difference between enjoying a wonderful relaxing vacation or suffering through a stress-filled week spent worrying about your home and pet while you’re on the phone with the veterinarian or locksmith. Contact Squeaky Toy Pet Services, LLC to learn more about how we can customize a pet sitting package for you and your pet so you can go have the vacation of a lifetime!