House sitting and pet sitting consist of much more than simply showing up and throwing down food. To do a professional house sitting or pet sitting job, one must be able to carry out instructions exactly; one must be punctual, friendly and attentive toward animals, and consistently observant and vigilant. (Having an education in Veterinary Technology and experience owning a home doesn’t hurt either 😉 ).
Vigilance is always important and is especially crucial when it comes to house sitting and pet sitting for pets who take medications, dietary supplements, and/or fluids. When caring for a household with multiple pets and involving multiple medications and supplements, attention to detail is a MUST. A trustworthy and professional pet sitter will take due diligence to make sure all pills and vitamins are kept separated and portioned out correctly (as the owner has left them or exactly as the owner has instructed). He/she will administer the appropriate pills/vitamins to the appropriate animal in the appropriate dosage at the appropriate time of day without fail. If there is any confusion whatsoever, the professional pet sitter will contact the owner (or other appropriate contact as specified by the owner) to get clarification.
This is the kind of care you can depend on from Duck & Turtle Pet and Home Care!
…And because we have an in-house Registered Veterinary Technician, administering meds, supplements, and fluids to pets that need them is no problem!
House sitting and pet sitting means being observant — from the street curb, to the stoop, to the inside of the home, to the back yard. Doing a quality house sitting or pet sitting job means looking out for damage and mishap in and around the home. Of course, we always hope for the best, but should something adverse arise, your professional house sitter can help catch it before it becomes even more costly. For pets’ sake (pun intended 😉 ), pet sitting/house sitting also means looking out for blood, vomit, diarrhea, and other signs that the pets may be in distress.
Here at Duck & Turtle we believe that this awareness is a major part of what our clients pay for! We want to be those eyes and ears watching over your home and your pets when you cannot be! 🙂
House sitting and pet sitting consists of spending social time with the animals, giving them mental stimulation, helping them feel secure and safe, and being aware of their behaviors. Playing with them gives them the social contact they need as well as exercise. It also gives them stimulation, which eases their anxiety. The best is petting them, preferably while letting them lie on you or near you. This helps them feel safe, helps them bond with you, and helps them feel that their lives have not changed too much.
Of course, being a professional means making sure each animal in your care is eating their fair share throughout the day. The same is just as important for drinking, so that the animals stay hydrated. Once we were caring for three cats who shared a water fountain and seemed to be fine with drinking from it, as we would have to refill it regularly. One day, however, I turned on the kitchen faucet to wash a fork and one of the cats rushed over and began to drink from it fervently. From the look of it, he may not have drunk from the cat water fountain all night! So I let the cool water run slightly until he was quenched, and I remembered to do this for him each time I visited, just in case he was refusing to drink from the shared cat fountain.
It’s these little, not-so-obvious things that a top-notch pet sitter will pick up on!
House sitting and pet sitting also consists of maintaining a level of activity at and in the home — alternating outdoor lights, alternating indoor lights, alternating blinds/curtains, vehicle activity in the driveway, having main door ajar with screen door shut to circulate air, etc. A quality and professional house sitting/pet sitting job also means ensuring mail and packages are safe by bringing them inside in a timely manner. It means maintaining cleanliness — sweeping and tidying up after oneself, taking out any trash generated, wiping down surfaces used, etc.
At Duck & Turtle Pet and Home Care, we believe in leaving your home not just as we found it, but BETTER than we found it!
We LOVE providing above-and-beyond service to people and their pets!
It is why we got in this business…
To help people…
To help you…
To help you seamlessly maintain care of your most precious and irreplaceable things — your home and your pets…
To help you have “one-ness” of mind and not worry a bit about home while you are away…
We’re here for you!
At Duck & Turtle, our goal is your COMPLETE peace of mind.
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