If you’re going on vacation and leaving Felix or Fido in your pet sitter’s home—rather than having the sitter come to yours—consider what your pet and sitter will need while you’re away. Even though you should talk things over beforehand, give your pet care provider written instructions about anything you feel is important—feeding, medication, transportation, etc. Also, provide the sitter with contact information for both you and your veterinarian.
Here are some other important items to consider sending with your pet:
- Clean bedding
- Any carriers, crates, or cages
- Extra collar or name tag with emergency information
- Pet food and dishes
- Your pet’s favorite toys
- Medications and first aid materials
- Grooming supplies
- Approved dog treats
If you’re wondering whether to pack a certain item, it’s always best to be on the safe side. It’s better that your sitter have extra of something than not have it at all (and not know what to do). Finally, be sure to discuss with your pet sitter what should be done in an unforeseen situation. Whether it be a trip to the vet, or simply replacing a spilled bag of your pet’s food, be sure your pet sitter has resources available or is assured of reimbursement, from you, to deal with these types of needs.