Budget-Friendly Ways to Ensure Your Pet
       is Cared For When You Have to Seek
       Medical Attention for COVID-19

Whether you have been infected by COVID-19 or you have come in close contact with someone
who has it, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. This means that you should prepare to be away from home for at least a few days. And if you’re a pet owner, you know that leaving your furry friend behind is not easy. However, if you ensure that you have a qualified sitter, get all the supplies that you need, prepare your home, and leave behind detailed instructions for the sitter, you can ensure that your pet is well cared for.

The best part is that each of these solutions is either inexpensive or free. Let’s discuss them in more detail.
Get a Good Sitter
For the first order of business, you need to find a pet sitter that you can trust. Start by asking people you know for references. If that fails, look online for potential candidates. Research any c
andidate that you’re interested in, and check their credentials (e.g., licensing, qualifications,training), preferred work hours, and whether they are insured and bonded. This will help to ensure that you don’t hire the wrong pet sitter, which can cost you a lot of money if something goes wrong.
Before settling on a candidate, try to interview a few. This will give you an opportunity to meet each one in person before committing. When you talk to each candidate, be thorough. Be sure to specify your needs, ask about all the services they offer, see if they have a backup plan in case something goes awry, ask if they have a working relationship with a local veterinarian, and so on.

Stock Up
You want to make sure your pet has everything they need while you’re away. This includes the basics, such as food, food and water bowls, a leash, a collar/harness, a bed, a crate, ID and vaccination tags, and any grooming supplies necessary. Also, it’s not a bad idea to invest in a new toy or two for your pet. New toys will give them something to keep their mind occupied and help them to stave off boredom as they cope with you not being home.
Since non-essential businesses across the country remain closed, many pet owners are getting the supplies they need from online sources. Shopping online for pet supplies has many advantages, and you may find that you prefer it even when the pandemic restrictions are lifted.
Nonetheless, it’s important to follow best practices with online shopping. For example, be sure to read reviews on each product, compare prices, look for coupons and deals, and check the return policies of each retailer.

Prepare Your Home
Along with getting supplies for your pet, there are other ways to prepare your home before you leave. For instance, make sure any hazards or harmful items are out of reach for your pet. This includes medications, poisonous plants, household cleaning chemicals, insecticides, electrical cords, and so on. Not only do you want to keep your pet safe, but you also want to avoid expensive vet bills. Also, take care of any damaged fencing or gates through which your pet could escape, and lock up any valuable items of your own.
Provide the Sitter with Instructions
Finally, it’s essential to leave detailed instructions for your pet sitter that lay out your pet’s normal routine (e.g., feeding times, walk/play times, medication times and techniques). In addition, be sure to provide important information, such as vaccination details, your phone number, and the phone number and address of your veterinarian.

Having to leave your pet at home as you seek medical care can add stress and sadness to analready-difficult situation. However, knowing they are being taken care of can provide you with a sense of peace. Therefore, be sure to pick a qualified pet sitter, stock up on all the necessary supplies, get your home ready and leave detailed instructions for the sitter.  Most importantly, take care of yourself so that you can recover and come home to your family as soon as possible.

Courtesy of Brandon Butler