When Do You Need to Hire a Professional Pet Sitter


When you’re miles away from home, the last thing you want is to be worried about is whether your pet is okay back home. If you’re lucky enough to have reliable family members who can take


Pookie the Pomeranian

your pet while you’re gone, great. If not, or they aren’t available, you may be considering options like or a friend or neighbor.

Here are some drawbacks of using just anyone when it comes to pet sitting.

Pet Sitting Horror Stories

It happens all the time. People come home after a few days away to find their dog’s water bowl dry, the carpet soiled, and your pet stressed out.  And this isn’t even a worst case scenario.

A local family recently arrived home after a week-long vacation only to find two of their beloved pets dead. They had hired a college student to visit their pets every day. She only showed up on the first day, leaving four pets without food and water for a whole week. The story didn’t say how the family found this particular person, but it’s clear she wasn’t a reputable, professional pet sitter.

The moral of the story is never cut corners when it comes to investing in quality, professional pet care.

Drawbacks of Using Websites

Websites like Rover or Wag have become popular. There are lots of service options. Probably the most attractive thing about these sites is you can basically shop online for a pet sitter.

However tempting it may be to try and save a few bucks, you may not actually save anything in the end. You may end up spending many times more. It’s like getting super cheap dental work, you may end up having to see a professional anyway to fix a botched job. And you don’t want your dog to be the botched job!

The so-called pet sitters on these websites aren’t vetted in any way. Anyone can sign up and call themselves a “pet sitter.” You wouldn’t hire your doctor  that way, would you?

The moral of the story, these websites don’t have your back when it comes to dealing with their sitters. Make sure you do your homework if you decide to go this route.

Are Friends and Neighbors Reliable?

The main drawback of using friends or neighbors is the legal issues that could arise. For example, what if your friend slips and falls in your backyard? Or what if your dog bit them? You’re responsible for everything that happens when someone is on your property.

Of course, you may think, “my friends would never sue me.” Maybe not, but it is wise not to test their loyalty. And your friend may not be the one to come after you—it could be their spouse or parents, you just don’t know.

Bottom Line

You and your pet deserve the best when it comes to pet care while you’re away. You may get lucky and find a pet sitter you like and trust in your circle of friends, but be careful. It’s always best to hire a reputable pet sitter who is insured and bonded, and one that communicates regularly with you, every time you go out of town.

Give us a call at Coddled Critters Professional Pet Services to care for your pets the next you’re going to be away. 727-424-5341.

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