In the event of a disaster, if you have to evacuate, the best thing to do for your pets is to evacuate them too. It’s not something we like to think about, but it will bring you peace of mind to have a disaster plan in place that includes your pets. You will want to be sure to discuss your disaster plan with your pet sitter at BellyRub Pet Care Services in Portland OR, to prepare for the unlikely event of an emergency while you are away. One of the most important things you can do is to assemble a portable pet supplies kit. Your kit should contain the following items:
For some pets, any change in their routine can be upsetting. The distress can be expressed in all kinds of behaviors, including urinating, excessive barking, howling, chewing and other destructive behaviors, pacing, or trying to escape. Your particular pet may have come up with his or her own special behaviors to express the stress they are feeling. The behaviors can be accompanied by panic, agitation or depression when they are alone. These are all signs of separation anxiety.
The first step in addressing behavioral or emotional issues is always to have your pet evaluated by their vet. You need to rule out any underlying medical conditions that could be causing the problem.
Once it is clear that your pet has separation anxiety, there are many things that an experienced pet sitter can do to help him or her conquer the problem. You may want to try some behavior modification techniques. Try desensitizing your pup by starting with baby steps. You can leave the house for very short periods of time, it should be short enough that it produces no anxiety in your pet. Then gradually increase the amount of time you are gone until he or she is ready to be alone for a longer stretch of time. You might also try teaching your pet to associate your leaving with a pleasant occurrence. You can accomplish this by giving your dog a food-dispensing toy every time you leave the house.
Make sure all your greetings- all hellos and goodbyes- are done in a very calm way. Just say hello or goodbye with a pat on the head, very matter-of-factly. You can give more enthusiastic attention to your pet when he or she is calm and relaxed.
Always, but especially when you are away from your pet for a period of time, be sure she gets enough exercise and mental stimulation. This will give your dog something to do and think about, decrease stress, and provide appropriate outlets for their energy. A good pet sitter can make this a priority while you are away.
You can hire a skilled pet sitter to help your pet deal with separation anxiety when you need to be away. It’s important to try to avoid having your pet experience the full-blown extent of his anxiety at any time. This is something you will want to thoroughly discuss with your pet sitter before you leave your pet in her care. Read more about our expert pet care services in Portland OR.
For many, many families across the country, a pet– whether it’s a dog, cat, fish, rodent, reptile or ferret– is a beloved member of the family. Because of that, families search long and hard for a worthy pet sitter to care for their pets while they’re away. Here are some guidelines that will make that task a little easier.
Your pet sitter should be a genuine animal lover. This is an essential trait. You need to meet with a potential pet sitter before they stay with your pets to ensure that they all get along with and understand each other.
Your sitter should be professional, they should take their job seriously, and have procedures in place to handle all kinds of tricky situations. They should be trained in pet care and certified in animal first aid and CPR.
They should be bonded and insured. This is especially important because they will have access to your home while you are away.
Your sitter needs to be extremely reliable. Ask for references that confirm that the sitter shows up at the appointed times and carries out the duties as agreed upon. You will also want to make sure there are back-up sitters available just in case your sitter is for some reason unable to carry out their duties.
Your pet sitter must also have great communication skills. She should provide you with lots of information about how she will be caring for your pets, and should also ask you lots of questions about their specific needs and habits. The ideal pet sitter will have a means of updating you while you are away, and will give you a thorough report about how things went upon your return.
Follow these recommendations to find a first rate pet sitter, and you and your pets will have a great experience. Learn more about BellyRub’s exceptional pet care services in Portland OR.