At Play Time Pet Care our pet sitters provide snout to tail assessments (as long as the pet will allow) for our clients. Our main objective is to ensure your pet is happy and healthy while you are away. Part of knowing if you pet is healthy is by performing regular snout to tail assessments.
Our pet sitters are certified in Pet CPR & First Aid which offers us the knowledge and experience to manage health issues. We begin by getting to know your pet and allowing them to become calm enough for us to hang out on the floor with them without being clobbered with kisses and playful nudges. Then we begin with the snout to make sure it isn’t dry and cracked, then check out their breath to ensure it isn’t stinky, we move on to the ears feeling the exterior for abnormalities and checking the interior for infection and general cleanliness. We move down the body to check for lumps and bumps, recording the size and placement of any findings. We’ll check the spine, legs and tail.
Of course on our very first visit we won’t know what is normal or not, so we keep the assessment in our file and on every new contracted visit we will re-evaluate to see if we notice any changes. We alert the pet parent of any changes that we have found just to bring it to their attention. If we happen to find an ear infection we will do our best to start cleaning the ear and let the pet parent know about it on their return so they can continue treatment until the infection is cleared up.
What a great way to ensure your pets health…by having a pet sitter that is certified in Pet CPR & First Aid take care of your pets while you are away.
Your in home pet sitter offers you the utmost convenience by traveling to your home so you don’t have to coordinate and create time to drop off and pick up your pet from a boarding service.
Imagine arriving home from either a long weekend or two week cruise and all you have to do is get home, drop your bags and love your pets. You don’t have to worry about:
Paying an extra day at the kennel if you arrive home after hours.
Picking up the pet waste after being gone for long periods of time, we’ve taken care of that for you.
Rushing out to clear out the mailbox, it’s all sitting on your counter waiting for you.
Did your pet sitting quote come out to be more than you expected? Not all pet sitters are created equal. Here is one BIG reason you may pay more for your service.
I recently spoke to a new potential client who’s current pet sitter is moving out of state. This potential client needs to find a new live in pet sitter for her 7 dogs. As we were speaking about price and value, we came out to be $58 more per day than the last company she worked with. As I was “selling” her on our services she flat out stated that we don’t provide any different service than her last sitters who were cheaper. So she wanted to know what she was getting EXTRA to validate the additional cost.
Sometimes it’s difficult to explain how we are different. Yes, we provide similar services as other companies, we may appear to be exactly the same, but sometimes you need to experience the difference to understand what you are paying is worth every penny. We could use the car analogy:
“When you are test driving a Nissan and a Lexus, they both get you from point A to point B. They both essentially DO the same thing. But once you’re in it, driving it, THEN you understand what the difference is.”
We are providing overnight services for a couple who are taking a long overdue honeymoon. The last thing we want to do is call them with any emergencies. We just want to take care of everything so they can relax. However, Murphy’s Law says, “If it’s going to happen, it will happen when the pet sitters are in charge.”
We unfortunately had to call the dad and tell him his A/C went out. He is working with a home warranty company (which never moves as quickly as you want them to) and it’s going to take 3 days for them to come out and evaluate the system. In the mean time, we have 2 dogs and a kitty stuck in the home with no A/C. One of the dogs isn’t friendly with other dogs and all our sitters have dogs of their own so we aren’t able to bring them to one of our homes (which I would do in a heartbeat). Our only option is to keep the pets as comfortable as possible.
Mom and dad have ceiling fans, but no floor fans. It’s still too warm out to open up all the windows to catch a breeze. So, we brought our own floor fans, bought dog cooling pads for their dogs and brought a portable A/C unit to their house. Although the house is a little uncomfortable for a while, with the additional fans, cooling pads, portable A/C unit and extra water the dogs are going to be just fine. We’ve made additional visits to the house to check on the dogs (at no additional charge).
Is the extra money worth it?
I’ll let you be the judge. We are here for our clients and their pets. We do everything we possibly can to make their pets comfortable and to alleviate any stress this whole circumstance has produced. We will be waiting at their house from noon to 4 pm to let the A/C repair company in. All of this at no additional charge.
These are things that can’t be explained on the phone. It’s a service you just have to experience for yourself to understand. This may not happen to you, but something else could and we will be there to do whatever it takes to make sure your pets are taken care of and to help alleviate as much stress as possible.
It’s been said that “…we help make people’s dreams come true.” This is the exact reason I started my pet sitting business. When you work hard for your money and you take time to re-energize you should be able to do that with peace of mind, knowing your pets will be well taken care of.