The Essential Pet Sitter Information List

by Petfolk

The Essential Pet Sitter Information List

You never like to leave your pet. But sometimes, when you travel, they just can’t come along. Hiring a pet sitter to stay at your home with your pet is a great alternative to boarding your pet. It can ease your pet’s separation anxiety and keep them comfortable and on schedule in their daily routine. Preparing a “Pet Sitter Packet” can help to ensure both you and your pet feel confident in your pet sitter of choice. Your packet should provide your sitter with all the pertinent information about daily care for your dog, where everything is, and what to do in case of emergency, as well as many other important aspects of pet care.

Here are three basic types of information to include in your Pet Sitter Packet to ensure your pet sitter is armed with all the knowledge to keep your pet safe and happy while you are away:

Basic Pet-Sitting Care Information Checklist

Whether your pet sitter is new or has worked with you in the past, you should provide them with a detailed list of how to care for your pet. Here are 10 things to include on your checklist:

  1. Your pet’s daily routines. Is your pet an early riser or do they sleep in? What is their average day like?
  2. Your pet’s personality – do they like a lot of attention or do they like to keep to themselves?
  3. If your pet has medication, give the specifics on how and when to administer medications. Be sure that medications are in a safe place away from your pet, but are also very clear and visible to your pet sitter.
  4. Your pet’s food schedule – what do they eat and what time? Are they allowed treats and when?
  5. Your pet’s water schedule. Do you pull up water at a certain time each night for your pet to prevent accidents or 2 am potty trips?
  6. Your pet’s favorite games and toys and where they are located.
  7. Does your pet get along with other animals? Are there any restrictions on who they socialize with?
  8. Does your pet have anxiety or other mood disorders? How do you deal with them?
  9. Your pet’s favorite walking spots and/or dog parks if you have a dog.
  10. How you discipline your pet. Do you want the sitter to let things go or discipline your pet in a particular way? 

Emergency Information Document for Your Pet-Sitter

In case of an emergency, your sitter will need pertinent information about your pet. Be sure to prepare a folder with the following information:

  1. Your veterinarian’s name, address, and phone number
  2. The name, address, and phone number of your local emergency/after-hours veterinary hospital.
  3. Poison Control Hotline number.
  4. A list of your pet’s current medications.
  5. Your pet’s immunization history.
  6. If your pet has a microchip, include that information.
  7. Your pet’s insurance information and card.
  8. A recent photo of your pet. 

List or Map of Important Locations

Your pet sitter will also need to know where everything is in order to properly care for your pet. Be sure to leave a list or map of:

  1. Where your pet prefers to eat and drink.
  2. Where your pet prefers to sleep either during the day or at night.
  3. Where medications are located.
  4. Where you keep toys, chews, and treats.
  5. Where you keep harnesses and leashes.
  6. Where you keep grooming supplies like brushes, shampoo, and other needs.
  7. Where you keep a pet carrier, if applicable.
  8. Any "no-go zones" where your pet is not allowed to go.

In addition to these documents, have a conversation or note of how you would like to be kept apprised of your pet’s mood and condition. Would you like pictures sent? A text message just letting you know that your furry friend is doing well? Letting them know how you’d like to stay connected is an often-overlooked part of preparing your pet sitter, and an easy way to reduce pet-parent worry!

Now that you have all your information in place, you can enjoy your time away from your pet knowing they are in the best hands.

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