Tips for Pet Parents

  • Your professional pet sitter needs to have access to your pets and home while you are away, no matter what the circumstances.  During Arizona’s summer monsoon season, power outages are a real possibility.  Electric doors and garage doors cannot be opened with the remote if the power is out!  Your pet sitter must have 2 ways to get into your home to care for your pets.  One of those ways must be NONelectrical- like the good old fashioned key (or 2).  If your locks are “funny”- hard to open or automatically lock when closed, let your pet sitter know.


  • Always have enough food, medications, kitty litter and pet supplies so your professional pet sitter has plenty on hand for your pet’s needs. This includes newspapers for birdcages, paper towels, carpet cleaner and dish soap to clean pet “accidents” and food/water bowls.


  • Let your professional pet sitter know if any pets are on medications, or if meds or dosages have changed or stopped. If you have multiple pets on meds make sure each is clearly labeled so your pet sitter gives the correct medication to the correct pet.



  • Keep identification on your dogs and cats. The number one method to get your pets home if lost is a collar with an i.d. tag!  All pets, even those that are microchipped or tattooed, should wear an i.d. tag all of the time.  You should also have a second person on record (like your pet sitter or vet) if you can’t be reached and your pet is found.


  • Tell your professional pet sitter about all of your pet’s favorite hiding spots.


  • Please limit your pet’s access to every room, especially if a pet needs to get medication. Your professional pet sitter can use most of their visit time searching for a pet,  rather than providing care.  Your pets and pet sitter will thank you!


  • If your dog is trained, please let your professional pet sitter know the command words and hand signals so your pet gets consistent handling.


  • When taking your dog to the dog park, remember that time is for you and your dog to enjoy. Pay attention to your dog, and all other dogs in the park.  Prevent trouble before it begins.


  • Let your pet sitter, dog walker or trainer know of any current illness your pet may be experiencing. They will take the necessary actions to maintain your pet’s health and recovery.


  • Make sure all keys you give your professional pet sitter actually work to lock and unlock your doors. If there is a door or lock that should NOT be used, place masking tape over it and tell your sitter.


  • When contacting your professional pet sitter, give them your name, contact phone number and email, major cross streets, type of service and the dates you are requesting and type and number of pets in your home.


  • Before adding a new pet to your family, do your research of the type of pet you are considering. Activity level, health and grooming needs, social needs as well as your families’ expectations should all be discussed before looking at those cute little baby (fill in the blank)  Also consider and adult or senior pet.  They have already been through the chewing, potty training etc phase and still have lots of love and companionship to give.


Carrie Seay

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