You’ve probably felt guilty about going on vacation and leaving your pet behind, but taking your pet with you on your travels isn’t always possible. When it’s not, hiring a professional pet sitter is a wonderful alternative to boarding your furry pal.

From providing personal attention to helping your house looked lived in, there are a number of ways a professional pet sitter gives you peace of mind while you’re away.

1. Pet sitters are experienced professionals.

Unlike the neighborhood teen, a professional pet sitter takes care of pets for a living. They are trained how to handle animals, including the appropriate responses to pet emergencies. A professional pet sitter also has experience administering medicine and understands the ins and outs of caring for elderly pets or those who have special needs. In short, even though a neighborhood teen or family friend means well, your pet will likely get better care from a professional pet sitter.

2. Your pet enjoys one-on-one care.

In contrast to boarding your pet, hiring a pet sitter means your pet enjoys personal attention and the comfort of staying in their own home. That will make both you and your pet feel less anxious about your time away. Your pet will also benefit from being fed, let out for bathroom breaks, and walked according to his needs, not a kennel’s schedule.

3. Pet sitters are bonded and insured.

The person watching your pet has unsupervised access to your home, and they’re responsible for the safety of your pet. That said, hiring a bonded and insured professional pet caregiver offers you better protection than asking a friend or neighbor for help.

4. Your pet will have less exposure to illness.

If you board your pet, there’s a good chance he’ll be exposed to illnesses like kennel cough, distemper, and intestinal parasites. When you hire a pet sitter, exposure to these illnesses is significantly reduced. And, if your pet should get sick, a pet caregiver is likely to notice symptoms sooner than if the pet were being cared for at a kennel or by a neighbor.

5. Your house will look occupied.

One of the major perks of hiring a pet sitter over boarding your pet is that the sitter will be coming and going from your home throughout the day. Their activity helps your home look occupied, which could reduce the chance of a burglary.

6. A pet sitter can perform other tasks.

Typically, pet sitters will perform other tasks while caring for your pet, such as bringing in the mail and watering plants. This means you don’t have to incur the expense or risk of hiring another person to do so. Plus, because they’re in your home regularly, they’ll know right away if a household emergency occurs.

7. Pet sitters and home security work hand in hand.

From adjusting the thermostat to a comfortable temperature to activating an automatic watering system, many monitored home security systems offer a variety of pet-friendly home automation features that help you and the caretaker ensure your pet’s comfort.

Plus, using home security and home automation, you can find out how often the pet sitter is coming and going, and watch real-time video of your pet whenever you want. You can even assign the sitter an access code to open the front door, or remotely lock and unlock it right from your smartphone or tablet. Either way, you won’t have to worry about the sitter losing a key.

Leaving your pet behind can be stressful, but a professional pet sitter can make the event a less daunting experience. For added assurance that your pet is safe and comfortable while you’re gone, use a monitored home security system that includes home automation.

 

 

Written by Alexia Chianis

Wanderlust junky and mom of two, Alexia is a former police officer and U.S. Army Captain who draws on her experiences to write about a myriad of safety topics. Learn more

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