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How to Find a Pet Sitter

By October 2, 2011March 26th, 2015No Comments

Use a pet sitter as an alternative to placing your pets in a kennel. Here’s how to find the right nanny for your pet.

Things You’ll Need

Dog Carriers
Dog Leashes

1 Ask your veterinarian or pet groomer for references, or check the yellow pages for a pet sitter.
2 Call Pet Sitters International, at (800) 268-SITS, or the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, at (800) 296-PETS.
3 Have the potential sitter come to your home for an interview. Introduce your pet, to gauge both parties’ reactions. If your pet is a dog, have them go for a walk to see how the sitter handles your dog on a leash.
4 Determine how the potential sitter would handle problems such as a medical emergency or the escape of your pet.
5 Expect the potential sitter to ask you if your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date, how your pet behaves when he is out among other animals and people, and what to do if the sitter must suddenly leave the job before you have returned home.
6 Once you’ve selected a sitter, provide him or her with the names, phone numbers and addresses of your pet’s regular veterinarian, the closest emergency veterinary hospital, a nearby friend, and the place where you can be reached.
7 Go over what and when to feed your pet, any medications to be given, and the duration and preferred location of outings.

This article was taken from and modified by New York Dog Nanny.


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