What do you need to know before hiring a pet sitter?

People and their pets go together like bread and butter, becoming increasingly more synonymous with each other, and their numbers are continuing to grow globally. For example, in 2015, it’s estimated that worldwide spending on our animals will surpass the $100 billion dollar mark for the first time. Naturally, this figure includes necessities like food and veterinary care, but other more exotic expenditures like designer outfits, professional grooming, even beauty treatments are taking a bigger piece of this ever-expanding pie.

Another rapidly growing cost for our four-legged friends includes caretaking, doggie daycare and other types of pet sitting services that are also on the rise. Businesses offering pet products, caretaking, and other animal-specific services are expected to rise by 4.4% throughout 2016, one of the few industries to do so in our often troubled economy.

When it comes to finding the right pet sitter, as the infographic below will show, it’s a little more complicated than one might imagine. Therefore, here is the most common mistake many pet owners make when it comes to choosing a caregiver for their animals:

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Many times pet owners will rely on friends, family or neighbors to look after their beloved pets during their absence, but often this is not the best choice. There could be unique medical circumstances that require a more professional approach. For example, insulin-dependent diabetes in dogs, the most common form of this disease known as Mellitus, needs shots to be administered to the animal.

Other problems with choosing these friendly associations with a family member or neighbor could include:

  • They may not have the time to come and care for your animal multiple times per day.
  • A younger family member or neighbor could throw a party in your home or have other unwanted guests in your house.
  • If they became unexpectedly ill or injured, perhaps they had car trouble, they may not be able to provide the care for your pet as promised.
  • While your neighbor may be willing to help you out as a favor, they may not be close enough to you or your pet to offer them the kind of care, love, and affection they need.
  • Without training or the right knowledge, they may not know how to react in case of an emergency, illness or injury.

And last but not certainly not least, if your friend, neighbor or family member does make a mistake, perhaps they miss a visit, forget a feeding or neglect a dose of medication and something happens to your pet, as a result, will your relationship with them be able to recover?

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