If you’ve been infected by COVID-19, the single most important thing you can do right now is to seek medical attention. And while leaving your pet behind is never easy, it will be better for everyone if you get the care you need so that you can recover.
Nonetheless, it’s important to come up with a plan for when you have to leave your pet with the sitter. You want them to be as comfortable and safe as possible because, after all, they are a member of the family. With that in mind, we’ve provided a few tips to consider that will ensure that your pet stays healthy and happy while you’re away, which will help you rest a little easier at night.
Get the necessary supplies.
First of all, you don’t want to leave your pet hanging—that is, with no supplies. Make sure they have a warm, comfortable bed to lay on while you’re gone. There are all kinds of cat beds on the market (e.g., heated, elevated, cave-like) that could keep your feline safe and toasty. Similarly, there’s a wide range of dog beds that could do your canine good.
Then there are the toys. Giving your pet a new toy or five before you hit the road will score you major points and possibly earn you a slightly warmer welcome home. And, of course, don’t leave without stocking up on essential items like:
- Food and treats
- Grooming and house cleaning supplies
- A collar, leash, harness, etc.
- ID and vaccination tags
Be choosy about the sitter.
If you already have a pet sitter you can trust, you’re halfway to success. The more familiar your pet is with their caretaker, the smoother everything is likely to go. However, if you don’t already know a sitter, it’s important to be extra picky before hiring someone. Be sure to read online reviews, ask around for referrals, and interview several candidates if possible. And of course, try to set up a meeting or two with your pet and sitter so that they can familiarize themselves with one another.
Make sure your pet’s routine stays intact.
Routine is crucial when it comes to pets, especially dogs. Make sure your sitter is clear about what your daily routine entails. For instance, your sitter should try to keep your pooch’s walks, feeding, and play times consistent with your normal family routine. This can do wonders for keeping your pet’s anxiety and stress levels down, and it means there will be less adjustment required when you come back home.
Give the sitter detailed instructions.
This tip kind of goes along with the previous one. You not only want to tell your sitter about your pet’s daily routine, but you also want to leave them with detailed instructions written out. For example, if your pet takes a certain medication at a specific time of day, your sitter should know about it. If there is a particular method you use for grooming or bathing your pet, they should know about that, too. Also, remember to provide them with important information, such as:
- Your phone number
- Your veterinarian’s number
- A nearby emergency animal hospital’s number
- Vaccine information
Get your home ready.
Finally, you will want to prepare your home before you leave. This means locking up all medicines, cleaning supplies, insecticides, and any other items that can harm your pet. Also, lock up your valuables, block off any areas where you don’t want your pet to go, and make sure any fences and gates are in good condition. And shower your pet with hugs and kisses before you pull out of the driveway.
While getting medical care is non-negotiable if you’ve been infected by a severe case of COVID-19, it’s difficult to leave your furry companion behind. But if you plan well, knowing that your pet is being well cared for can reduce your stress levels. Remember to implement the tips listed here, and focus on recovering so that you can get back home to your pet.