Pets are very much part of the family and despite the fact that it is not practical to take them away with us when we go on vacation, we still like to try and find the best care possible for them.
That means that many people turn to pet sitters, so that the family pet can be looked after in their familiar surroundings while you are gone. The worry that you have is whether they are being cared for as you would like while you’re away, so how do you make sure everything is ok?
Protect your pet and the sitter at the same time
Pet sitting is a great way of avoiding the stress that many animals feel when they are removed from the family home and away from their comfort zone, especially when their owners are not there to look after them either in these unfamiliar surroundings.
The vast majority of pet sitters are good at what they do and take the time to learn how to be a good pet sitter and provide an excellent service to their clients.
However, it is still a worry for the owner as to whether their family pet is being properly cared for at all times and in fairness to the pet sitter, it can be quite a responsibility to make sure that the animal they are caring for does not come to any harm while they are in the house. Used in the right way, surveillance systems and GPS trackers can provide protection for your pet and also offer the pet sitter some protection and security as well, when used in the right way.
Having a home security system will provide peace of mind throughout the year but with the addition of some extra features such as CCTV and real-time GPS tracking, you can monitor the movements and safety of your pet and be able to check on the pet sitter whenever you feel the need to do so.
If you want to, you could have your pet fitted with a tracking device, and as some GPS units have tracking to provide accurate confirmation of their whereabouts any time of the day, you have the ability to confirm in real-time exactly where they are and alert the pet sitter if you find that your pet has got out, allowing them to quickly go to their exact location rather than spend hours looking for them.
You can use surveillance equipment in your home in any way that you want to. Some people like to use covert hidden cameras so that they can discreetly check to make sure everything is ok without alerting anyone, and other people like to have the added comfort of being able to hook up to their home system and gain remote access to CCTV cameras around their home, so that they can evaluate any potential problem quickly and easily.
Making full use of the range of home security and surveillance equipment available will help to give you extra peace of mind and help to ensure that your much-loved family pet stays safe while you are away.
Even if you think they are in good hands anyway, it is a great comfort and advantage to be able to check and confirm that everything is fine whenever you want to.
Jessica Watts is a veterinarian. She loves to share her best tips for caring for pets on family blogs.