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Pet Sitter Communication

Leaving your pet in the care of someone else isn’t as simple as you might think. You have to ensure your pet will have sufficient food, water, their favourite toys, a leash (for dogs), and instructions on their bathroom habits. As a pet owner, you know that your pet has a mind of its own, and sometimes that can lead to a negative experience, especially for someone who doesn’t know your pet as well as you do. 

If you are planning to leave your pet in someone else’s care, here are a number of important details that you should consider and communicate to the individual you are leaving your pet with. 

  • Your pet’s normal behaviour, and what could be considered ‘abnormal’

  • Favorite toys / activities

  • What is, and isn’t allowed (ex. is the dog allowed on the couch? In the bedroom?)

  • Your pet’s routines, including exercise and feeding

  • Medications and regimens (if applicable)

  • What to, and what not to, feed your pet

  • Household risks to pet health and their locations - this can include:

    • Chocolate

    • Alcohol

    • Cannabis

    • Xylitol

An emergency preparedness kit is also very important, and will help you care for your pet in the event of an emergency, and can be given to a person who may be caring for your pet.

  • Emergency preparedness kit - should include:

    • 30-day supply of medications (if required)

    • two-week supply of food and fresh water

    • First aid kit

    • Leash or carrier for sudden and secure travel

    • Kitty litter (if applicable)

    • Your emergency contact number 

    • Contact details for your veterinarian (including vaccination records and insurance details)

    • A travel container (to allow quick and easy transport of essential supplies and smaller items if necessary)