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For most people, packing and planning a trip can be stressful, but for those of us with pets there is an added element. Taking a pet along with you on a trip is not always an option. The question of what to do with this beloved pet while you are away can be a taxing one. If you cannot bring your pet with you and can’t bear the thought of boarding them, your only option is an in-home pet sitter. This is not a decision to be entered into lightly. Choosing a pet sitter is an important decision and can make or break the relaxation factor of your vacation.

Before you look to an outside source, check with friends and family. This should be your first choice. These are people you can trust with not only your beloved pet, but also your home. If this is not an option there are other steps to take to find a reliable sitter.

First, check with your veterinarian. There is a possibility that he may have a list of sitters that he uses for his pets or when there is an emergency and a pet needs care. Your vet also knows your pet and may be able to suggest someone suitable to your needs.

Second, hire a pet sitting professional. There are many wonderful pet sitters in business. Sometimes, it may be hard to find just the right person. Be patient and interview several before you make your final decision. It is important that this person not only get along with your pet, but that you get a good overall feeling from the sitter. Remember, this person is taking care of your pet and will have full access to your home. A very popular place to look for sitters is the NAPPS website. This is an organization, National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, not only has a thorough, searchable list of pet sitters across the country, but has tips for finding a good sitter. This organization offers a wide array of training for sitters and gives their members a wide variety of resources. This is a good place to start, but remember to be a member of most organizations you only need to pay a fee. Being a member does not guarantee they are a perfect match for you and your pet.

Once you have narrowed down your choices, conduct interviews. Ask lots of questions. Make sure there is a written contract with pricing that states exactly what is included. Have the sitter spend some time with your pet. How much time will the sitter spend with your pet? Find out what activities and services are included in the price. Ask what services would be an additional cost. Make sure your little baby and this new person get along well and there is no fear on the part of your pet. You are hiring this sitter instead of using a kennel to eliminate stress not create more. Get references and call those references.

It is important to be comfortable with your decision. You will be away from home and you need to have piece of mind. It is possible; it just takes a little work.

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