Pet Sitting: Professionals vs. Hobbyist
When I started my business over 10 years ago I never really knew the difference between professionals vs. hobbyist. My thoughts were if you are doing something to make money it’s professional, right? Wrong, so wrong. The best parallel to pet sitting is baby sitting. Just because a 12 year old baby sits doesn’t make her a professional. A professional would be a nanny who is committed to a family full time and does it to support herself.
So back to pet sitting and what makes someone a professional. The professional pet sitting industry has been working to validate itself as a real profession for over 20 years. We even have our own support and educational organization called Pet Sitters International (PSI). Being a professional is taking the proper steps in becoming a licensed business by the requirements of your state and/or county and determining and obtaining the proper licensing and insurance.
There are many people out there who LOVE pets but loving them isn’t always enough. What happens if your pet is showing signs of illness or is having a seizure but the neighborhood kid, friend or family member isn’t aware of the signs? This could prove to be fatal depending on the illness. What happens if something is stolen or broken in your home? What if a pet escapes and is injured or worse, killed? These are questions you should be asking yourself when trying to decide on who takes care of your pets. Your pets are not the only ones who benefit from a professional. In my years of pet sitting I have saved peoples houses from floods, pool pumps from blowing up, kids having parties, etc. So many benefits for you and your pets when you are trusting someone with experience, training and educational backyard.
I attended Vet Tech school not to become a vet tech but to learn more about animals, illness, medications, etc. in order to do my job better. I have the experience in sub-q fluids, insulin injections, oral meds, topical meds. This saves you time and money on taking your pets to the vet for these things and it saves your pet the trauma of going to the vet.
Another great benefit to hiring an in-home professional pet sitter is reducing and often times eliminating the stress and travel trauma that comes with taking them to a boarding facility. Most of the time animals are left overnight by themselves with lots of other dogs barking. This can be very stressful on your pet, especially elderly ones. Having the option to keep them at home also reduces the risk of illness such as kennel cough, canine flu, and other illnesses.
So make sure you do your homework. Go to a trusted source such as PSI to find a qualified pet sitter in your neighborhood. And of course if you are in my area, please give us a call. We can help when you are working long days, on vacation, or taking a day trip. Need to get your pet to the vet or groomers, we can help with that too! We offer lets of services so check us out or give us a call.