If you are planning a trip this summer or returning to work after staying at home, you may be leaving your furry friend with a pet sitter. No matter if the person is a professional, close friend, family member, or neighbor, they must know what to do in case of a pet emergency.

Before leaving your pet and home, prepare your pet sitter for an emergency with these tips:

  • Provide the sitter with current vaccination records, contact information to your primary care veterinarian, and pet insurance information.
  • Discuss your pet’s daily routine. This allows your dog or cat to remain on the same schedule and reduces their stress – and lets the sitter know if something isn’t quite right while you are away.
  • Leave a list of all health issues and medications. If your pet requires medication, make sure the sitter is comfortable administering it at the appropriate time each day.
  • Leave written instructions on what to do in case of a medical emergency. This must include consent for the pet sitter to approve and pay for medical care – and our Union location’s contact information
  • Discuss COVID-19 protocols if you are using a professional pet sitter. Items to consider include how many homes they are visiting per day, who will care for your pet if they become ill, and what safety rules you want in place while they are in your home.

By taking these simple steps, you will have peace of mind – and your pet sitter will be better prepared in case of an emergency.

If you need a consent for emergency veterinary care and payment while you are away, please contact the Westfield Veterinary Group team today for assistance. And know if anything happens, we will provide your pet with the highest level of care until you are able to return home to your fur baby.