Sarah’s Pet Sitting

Dog Walking Cheshire

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Keeping Pets Happy During Pet Sitting

Sarah's Pet Sitting

1. Provide appropriate cooling or heating for your pets.  It worries your pet sitter considerable to know that pets may be uncomfortable between visits.  We cannot monitor them while we are not there, exposure to heat or cold could exasperate an unknown health condition.

2. Limit crate time, unless your dog is being confined due to an injury, or a puppy being crate trained, it is not appropriate for them to spend the majority of the hours of a day and night confined in a crate.  Dogs should have access to bedding, toys and water between pet sitting visits.  If your dogs must be crated, please discuss this with your pet sitter to determine a plan for the best possible well being of your dog.

3. Elderly pets should be examined by a veterinarian and have blood work as close as possible to before you are leaving for a trip.  It is the strong belief of Sarah’s Pet Sitting that all elderly pets deserve palliative care.  Often there are many non-invasive ways to keep you pet comfortable and healthy as they age.  Untreated illnesses such as kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid conditions, urinary tract problems, dental disease and many others can cause your pet considerable discomfort.  Please discuss this topic in detail with your veterinarian.  If you need help choosing a veterinarian Click Here.

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4. Provide safe and healthy food, toys and treats for your pets.  We recommend grain free food and treats for all pets, although that’s just a good starting point for finding the appropriate diet for your pets. (Click Here for help deciding which pet food is best for your pets.) Cats should have access to wet food everyday for proper hydration.  Please visit The Cheshire Cat & Dog on Waterbury Rd in Cheshire.  They can provide assistance with choosing the appropriate food, treats and toys for your pets.

5. Provide clean litter boxes with clumping cat litter. Litter boxes that have not been replaced or scrubbed out in years are very unpleasant for your cat and can lead to cats going elsewhere in your home. If the litter does not clump,urine is left behind which can lead to a very strong ammonia smell in your litter box.  Please also provide water dishes for your cats that is separate from the dogs in your household.  We strongly recommend a minimum of once daily visits for cats as certain common health conditions can be life threatening in a short amount of time.  

6. Leash walking is the best way to exercise your dog and keep them relaxed during your time away.  We recommend providing an “Easy Walk Harness” and Short sturdy leash with a handle close to your dog.  The “Kong” brand leashes are excellent.  Both items are available at your local Petsmart.  These items allow your pet sitter to walk your dog safely and securely which allows us to spend the maximum amount of time exercising your dog.  We have our own harness’s and leash, however it saves visit time if your dog already has a harness adjusted to fit them securely.  

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Owner of Sarah’s Pet Sitting

Dog Walker Cheshire

7. Please make sure your invisible fence is working properly and all collars are provided and properly charged.  Invisible fences are used at our discretion and at your own risk.  We ask that you be 100% confident that your dog will not leave your yard.  The invisible fence does not prevent other dogs from entering your yard and possibly causing harm to your pet.  We are happy to walk your dog on leash on or off your property as directed.

8. Please be caution of collars and harnesses that you would like left on your dog in between visit times.  Dogs can become caught in their crate or in the house and can cause injury to themselves.  Collars with identification tags should be available for outside time.  At NO time will choke chains be used or left on your dog while unsupervised.  We strongly prefer not to use any item that tightens around the neck of your dog.

9. Sarah’s Pet Sitting is a member of The Association of Force Free Pet Professionals.  If your pet has a behavior issue we will be happy to have one of our Certified Professional Dog Trainers visit you for a consultation.  Click Here if you would like to learn more about our Dog Training Service.

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