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Senior Dog Travel and Pet Sitters

Posted on: November 1, 2008

When you plan a trip-that summer vacation or winter trek your senior dog will be more comfortable staying at home than in a boarding kennel or at the vet’s in a cage. So if you must travel without your dear friend you’ll need a dog sitter and one that can be trusted to treat your dog well. There are several questions to ask when hiring a pet sitter to ensure you get the best one for your dog.

One of the first questions to ask is whether or not the sitter is licensed and bonded. The pet sitter’s insurance is similar to other insurance say the insurance a massage therapist needs when she runs her at her home. This insurance insures to pay if one of her client’s has an accident while on her property. Pet sitter’s insurance will pay for accidents that may happen to your pet or property, while you are away and the pet sitter is in your home. The next important question to ask is if the pet sitter is bonded. Good pet sitting businesses will be bonded. This insures that if the sitter steals some of your property while sitting your dog the stolen items will be paid for if the sitter is found guilty.

It’s also a good measure to ask for local references that you can call and ask their opinion of the care the sitter gave their dog. It’s also good to find out if your sitter will be signing a contract. What you want from the sitter can be spelled out in the contract. Another thing you’ll want to do is to meet the sitter ahead of time. This way you can get to know the sitter a bit and see if you want her caring for your dog. It’s also a chance to see if your dog and the sitter will get along well.

Kellie Rainwater is an avid dog letter and has written many articles and books about aging dogs and the grief one suffers as a pet ages and dies. To learn more about senior canines go to for senior dog products, books, beds, supplements and more.


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