A vacation at any of Bluegreen Resorts’ destination properties across the United States, from Orlando to New York City to Las Vegas, can offer many opportunities for enjoyment for you and your family. However, if you own pets, you are probably concerned about the welfare and happiness of your animal companions while you are away. If you decide to hire a pet sitter, here are some key points to keep in mind:
Most cats, and many other animals, develop strong bonds to their homes, thus making care from an in-home pet sitter a good choice. This service can be expensive, but if you have multiple animals, it could be more cost-effective than boarding at a kennel. A professional pet sitter in your home may check on your pet anywhere from one to three times daily, or may even stay overnight to look after your pet. The typical charge for drop-in visits ranges from $15 to $50 per instance.
You will want to check the sitter’s certificate of insurance and make sure she is bonded, since this individual will have access not only to your pet, but also to the contents of your home. In addition, you should ensure that you’re hiring a sitter with the necessary, animal-focused, first-aid training to respond appropriately in an emergency.
Before you depart, invite a prospective sitter over so you can see how the sitter interacts with your pet. Check references and ask each client how the sitter got along with the client’s pet. Once you select a sitter, you should explain to them your pet’s medical needs and daily routines, exchange contact information, and leave your veterinarian’s phone number, including the emergency line, in a visible place. Additionally, you should teach the sitter how gates and locks operate, and how to know when something on your property is not as it should be. Inform your sitter how you would like him or her to enter and exit your home, and give the individual the necessary keys and instructions.
The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters provides a certificate course. You might find added peace of mind knowing that your potential pet sitter is a member.