Pet sitting, in general, is that act of caring for a pet while in its very own home while the owner is not available or away. This goes to say that dog walking is also a way of pet sitting since it requires going to the pet’s home, allowing it to exercise and to have company. There are many benefits of pet sitting in Australia.
How the Pets Benefit from Pet Sitting
For the pets, one of these benefits is being able to stay in the safest and most secure environment, its home. This means that the pet is surrounded by familiar sounds, sights, and smells and that it can have its regular fitness routine and daily meals. This is particular for senior pets. For the younger pets, they will have their time to play while receiving the love and attention they need from the pet sitter. If they have medical conditions, it is even more important for them to have a pet sitter. This means that they will continue to get the medical attention they need. Whenever there’s an emergency the pet sitter is there to turn to. Pets also need not go through the trauma of travel or being in an unusual environment. A pet sitter also makes sure that the pet stays in good health; the pet is not also exposed to other pets that have parasites and their illnesses.
How the Pet Parents Benefit from Pet Sitting
The pet parents on the other hand have peace of mind, knowing that the pet is being cared for. They also go through their business away from home, knowing that the pet sitter can take care of the pet’s grooming and vet visits. The pet is also free from the trauma of bringing a pet while traveling or leaving it at home. It also means not having to impose on one’s friends, family, or neighbors to take care of the pet while they are away. A pet sitter also helps to ensure the pet parents that their home is safe and secure.
How to Choose a Pet Sitter
Choosing a pet sitter does not only entail checking the yellow pages. If you don’t personally know someone who you can ask to help you with your pet, you can check online for some companies. Make sure that the company is licensed, bonded, and insured; also ask for three references from the company you’ve chosen. You also need to confirm if the sitter has undergone a criminal background check and proper pet caring training. It’s crucial to do a pre-interview with the pet sitter together with your pet to figure out the kind of interactions that will ensue and the comfort level between you and the sitter as well as the pet. Make sure as well that the company offers a 7-day per week phone and email availability.