chocolate lab with his owner in a chicago park

Trusting someone to watch your pet while you are out of town can be a gut-wrenching experience. Your mind likely races through all of the possible worst-case scenarios, like your pet running away, getting sick or getting hurt. Leaving your pet at home alone is never an easy thing to do, but the process is a little bit easier when you know the person who will be taking care of them is qualified, loving and trustworthy. Here’s what the staff at our Ukrainian Village, Logan Square, Wicker Park animal hospital want you to consider before you decide on your next pet sitter:

Do They Have Client References?

Having other people who can vouch for their experience with your potential new pet sitter can give you peace of mind. Ask your pet sitter to provide references that you can reach out to if you have any questions or concerns, and check local review sites to see if there is a listing for your potential pet sitter (if you love them in the end, certainly always be willing to write reviews if your pet sitter asks for them).

Are They a Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS)?

This one may not be as common, but becoming a CPPS is a nod to the fact that the individual is taking the process seriously and is willing to take the extra steps to make you feel at ease. This one is not essential, but sure can be reassuring.

Do They Carry Their Own Insurance?

While your pet is under their care, does the potential pet sitter have an insurance policy to cover any accidents to your pet or your home?

Ask Them for a Plan in Case Your Pet Goes Missing

Your potential pet sitter should have a plan of action to implement in times of need. While it is never ideal for your pet to go missing, talk to them beforehand to see if they have steps planned out in the case of an emergency, as well as having numbers on hand such as contact information for our animal hospital.

Contact Village West Veterinary if you have questions regarding qualifications for your next pet sitter. We only want the best for your pet!