Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My 9 Item Checklist to Help You Find a Professional Pet Sitter

We live in a society where instant gratification can be achieved by clicking on an app in order to get our needs met in the blink of an eye. I can certainly understand why it is tempting to take advantage of these apps because they save time and money but for me personally (yes, I have a professional pet sitter on hand at anytime I need a lending hand) I would not take advantage of popular pet sitting apps such as, Rover, or DogVacay because sacrificing quality in place of a quick "fix" would not make me comfortable in regards to visiting my pets. 

What concerns me about the individuals on these apps is that they are HOBBY SITTERS; in other words, they may have a genuine love of pets but aren't invested in giving clients professional service. For me, I need someone who considers pet sitting as a career and who is passionate about what they do because my pets are my TOP priority and they deserve the best care possible.

To further help you find that perfect pet sitter I recommend the following:

1) Make a list of everything you need in a sitter and a list of the needs of your pet.   

For example: Does your pet require medication? Would your pet be happier with a male or a female pet sitter? Do you want a pet sitter who will water your plants, take out the trash, etc, at no extra cost?

2) Seek recommendations from your veterinarian and vet techs.
Some vet techs provide pet sitting services for clients at a low cost. Many veterinarians, like those at Northside Animal Hospital in Hooksett, NH, have a community bulletin board where pet sitters advertise their services. 

3) Contact PSI (Pet Sitters International) for referrals
Pet Sitters International offers a certification program for qualified pet sitters.

K9 Kaos, located at 432 6th Street in Dover, NH, has a large inventory of pet supplies for dogs and cats.

4) Speak with employees at your local pet store for recommendations.

Patty had no problem introducing herself to her new pet sitter during her new client meeting!

5) Make sure your potential pet sitter insists on meeting you and your pet in your home before hiring him/her.
I always meet new clients in their home because we want the pets to become familiar with us while making sure I know where everything related to the pet's care is located.

6)Every pet sitter should arrive at your home with paperwork for you to review and complete.
If he does not have these available be sure to leave detailed notes pertaining to the care of your pets so that he can refer to them whenever necessary. Be sure to provide him with contact information, phone numbers and addresses of your vet, and friends and neighbors who can help out if necessary.

7) Make sure he is licensed and bonded and has excellent references and experience.

8) Make certain your pet sitter is able to handle an emergency and is aware of the phone number and location of the nearest veterinary emergency hospital and/or the vet’s office.

If this information has been helpful, please leave feedback! I hope you find your perfect pet sitter just in time for your next vacation!

 9) Be sure your pet sitter promises to communicate with you on regular basis.

I always offer to update clients in whatever form they are most comfortable with so they can rest assured that their pets are safe and happy. For many years, visit logs were popular with my clients but lately their preference has been to receive texts and/or emails.

I hope this list helps you find that perfect pet sitter for your beloved companions! If you can think of any other pet sitting requirements that I missed, please leave a comment below! Thank you! 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Why Pred Kitty Thought 9 Days With Her Pet Sitter Was Purrfect

If you know cat medications well you'd know that Pred Kitty got her nickname from the allergy medication, prednisone, that she takes regularly but what you wouldn't know is that this gal was a veterinary hospital mascot until her vet tech mom decided to adopt her or, as the saying goes, Pred Kitty adopted her!

Since Pred Kitty had the pleasure of "working" long hours with her mom and then being at her side at home it was quite an adjustment for her to get used to a new routine of seeing me for nine days while her mom was in Ireland but, as you can see, she soon learned that I was dedicated to giving her plenty of affection, 

                                                                 play time,

                                                      watering holes, 


and even more lap time to make her feel comfortable and loved for 30 - 60 minutes per day! 

If your cat would prefer to have an in-home pet sitter rather than stay in a boarding facility while you are on vacation please consider contacting Teacher's Pet Sitting Service in Dover, New Hampshire, to take care of his or her every need!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Silly Cat Sunday

Has your cat ever given you "that look" that makes you question your decision making skills? 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

10 Safety Tips to Keep in Mind During Summer Cookouts

During the summer my dog, Daisy, loves to sniff around the grill and who can blame her? Getting hot dogs from the grill makes her very happy but I also have to keep in mind that cookouts can be dangerous so I will print this list (and you should too!) to keep her safe from harm.

Do you have other cookout safety tips that I forgot to mention that you'd like to add? Please leave a comment below! Thank you!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Daisy's Surprise Treatment Plan for Arthritis

If you've been reading my blog for the past five years you may recall that my dog, Daisy, was hit by a car causing her back left hip to become displaced and then surgery soon followed. 

While at the vet's office recently I failed to remember (selective hearing?) the surgeon predict that Daisy would eventually be diagnosed with arthritis in either her left hip or knee due to the trauma that she endured from the accident and unfortunately he was right. She now needs to take dasuquin to lubricate her knee (Thank goodness she doesn't have arthritis in her hip as well!) and keep her joints supple. 

As you can see from the picture above, Daisy was not thrilled to get this news but I told her she'll soon be able to climb stairs in comfort if she follows doctor's orders!

Since I am very thrifty I was thrilled to learn that the human version of dasquin (glucosamine) was not only cost effective but also safe for Daisy! However, I soon learned that saving money caused Daisy to have an upset stomach and lots of flatulence! 

Because I've given this supplement to many Teacher's Pet Sitting Service clients over the years it was second nature to compare prices on Chewy com at $80 vs. Drs Foster and Smith at $50! Now that's quite a savings!

As many of you know, Daisy thrives on taking long walks with clients and with me so I'm hoping the veterinarian is correct in that she will be able to walk comfortably soon! 

What advice do you have for prices and products to help Daisy (and my clients included) combat arthritis? Please comment below! Thank you!