Professional Pet Sitting vs. Friends or Family

September 23, 2020
Amber Van Denzen

Why Hire A Professional Pet Sitter versus a Neighbor or Friend?

Here are a few stories of persons who let a friend or neighbor come and watch their pets while they were away on vacation.

Family #1:

The friend owned pets too- so it made perfect sense! This friend has watched their dog before, and the dog was familiar with their friend. The cost they were paying their friend was less then boarding/professional and then the pup could stay at home.

They never heard from their friend, nor did he ever send pictures- but when they texted every other day- he said all was fine. ..and things seemed great until they came home early to find the house with many urine accidents, feces throughout, and their dog had a small amount of old water. Fortunately their dog was fine. Obviously, they were extremely upset and it cause a lot of stress on their pup ( and wallet!). The friend ended up not being able to make it more then once a day sometimes but never mentioned anything until approached later.

Family #2:

Another family let a friend come a check on their cat- every few days or so due to having automatic food and water- well, one day the cat got locked into a closet from the maid who came by. A few days later the family friend came to find the cat- and unfortunately that outcome was not as good.

Friends are wonderful to have, but I have heard from countless clients, the first hand reality of what can go wrong when your pets’ lives are not in the hands of a professional.

There is a truth that separates them from a professional pet sitter:

-Your pet is a professional pet sitter’s first priority. A Lakeland, Florida professional pet sitter has an obligation to care for your pet whether their car breaks down or not. When you hire a professional pet sitter, you’re hiring someone who has made a life commitment to the care of animals.

-A professional pet sitter not only invests education all about pets and animals but understands your care and concern as an owner.

-Professional pet sitters make sure to protect you, your pet, and even your home. Not only will most professional pet sitting services require you to sign a legally binding general service contract and veterinarian notification form, they’ll also have acquired insurance and bonding created specifically for professional pet sitters and agencies.

Some other great reasons to hire a professional pet sitter?

-Your pets will never have to leave the comfort and security of their own Lakeland home- whether in Downtown Lakeland, South Lakeland, East Lakeland, Mulberry, Sun N Fun, Lake Morton or 540A area ( plus all those other places in between!). This includes the added amenity of never being exposed to kennel-related diseases, or having to endure extra vaccinations simply in order to be kenneled.

-For many pets, life at the kennel is extremely stressful; this added stress can actually weaken your pet’s immune system and make them even more susceptible to disease.

-Professional pet sitters provide focused one-on-one personal pet care. When you hire a professional pet sitter, that specialized attention is included in their fee, not added a la carte like boarding. This one-on-one approach provides the focus needed to spot acute illnesses, changes in behavior or diet, and can prevent medical emergencies before they occur.

– A professional pet sitter, dog walker, dog babysitter, cat sitter ( we have so many names!) forms a strong bond with your pet and becomes their BFF (Best Friend FURever) while you are away . This bond reduces stress, provides your pet with a sense of protection and security, and prevents fear and confusion caused when multiple people are responsible for your Cat or Dog care.

Professional Pet Sitters are KEY to Happy, Healthy Pets!

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