Springtime is here, and some of you out there might be venturing out of town for a spring break adventure. If your pet will be at home to hold the fort, we at Woodlands Hills Pet Clinic want to make the following suggestions for how to prepare for a pet sitter. 

Stock an ample supply of food, treats, medications, and litter: Ensure your furry pal is well-stocked with the necessities, so your pet sitter doesn’t have to make a mad dash all over town for your finicky feline’s favorite food. Also, refill your pet’s prescriptions, so plenty are on hand, in case there’s a struggle medicating your furry pal and doses are wasted.

Remove any potential hazards for your pet: If you know your dog is obsessed with dirty socks, quickly sweep your home, searching for such hidden hazards, as well as electrical cords, plants, food wrappers, or household cleaners. Although a pet sitter will be caring for your pet, some pets become anxious without their owners and turn to abnormal destructive behaviors, so ensure everything is picked up before leaving.

Leave detailed instructions for your pet sitter: It’s better to leave your pet sitter with too much information, rather than having her struggle to reach you with questions while you’re away. Create a list of detailed instructions, including:

  • Medication schedule and potential side effects
  • Feeding and walking schedule
  • Quirks about your pet, such as not leaving your dog unsupervised with specific toys
  • Spare key location

Have emergency contact information readily available: In case you can’t be reached, ensure multiple emergency contacts and their information is handy. Include our hospital’s number, the nearest emergency veterinary hospital’s number, and the contact info for a neighbor, friend, or family member who can make medical decisions about your pet.

Ensure your pet’s ID tags and microchip info are up-to-date: If you’ve moved or changed your phone number recently, check that your pet’s collar ID tags are correct and that you’ve notified your microchip company of the change. Consider adding the emergency contact info of a nearby friend or family member who can be reached while you’re out of town, for additional peace of mind. 

Before you leave, be sure to contact us to ensure your furry companion is up to date on vaccinations and that you have refills of his or her prescription medication.