When it comes to your pet, you want the very best care you can find. This can sometimes make it difficult to decide on the perfect pet sitter. How will you find a pet sitter who is top-notch that would care for your pet exactly as you would?

Here are six things to look for:

1. Trusted Source

The pet sitter you choose must be a trained professional. Whether they are an individual or working for a company, their training and qualifications should be easily verifiable.

Also, never risk hiring someone who you have not met in person. Any professional pet sitting service will welcome and require a face-to-face meeting before having a sitter walk into your home to take care of your pet.

2. Experience

Make sure the sitter you’re hiring has extensive experience with the type of pet they’ll be caring for. For example, if your pet is a snake – you should hire someone who has experience handling, caring and feeding snakes.

3. Part of Your Team

A pet sitter isn’t just someone you hire – they must be a trusted, reliable extension of the family for your pet.  What happens in the event of an emergency? If you’re not able to get home and your pet needs care?  Or if a natural disaster strikes and you’re not able to leave your office?  Or even if you just need someone to take your pet to a vet or grooming appointment?

Also important to ask – does your sitter have a back-up team in place themselves? If they get sick or have a flat tire is there someone else who can step in their place, retrieve your keys etc? Emergencies happen to pet sitters too and a back-up plan is critical when they do.

4. Attention to Detail

Attention to detail should be a priority for any pet sitter that you hire. Pets love routines and having a sitter who will pay close attention to your instructions is a must.

5. Options

Having options is ideal when finding someone to stay with your pet. If your pet needs more interaction and attention, you might want to find services, such as ours, that offers a host home, so that your pet can have plenty of love and attention while you are away.

6. Communication

Knowing what is happening with your pet while you are away can help you feel more at ease. Make sure that your pet sitter keeps you up to date with emails, text messages and/or a quick phone call.

By hiring a pet sitter from VIP Pet Services, you will have someone who not only meets all of the above criteria, but who will also give your pet the love and attention they deserve. Contact us today to find a new friend for your pet.

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