How to Prepare Your Home for a Pet Sitter: A Simple Checklist for Peace of Mind

Leaving your beloved pets in the care of a trusted pet sitter can bring peace of mind during your travels. To ensure a smooth and worry-free experience for both you and your pet sitter, preparation is key. In this blog post, we’ll provide a concise checklist for homeowners, focusing on keeping your Time To Pet account current, clear instructions, and essential contact details. Plus, we’ll touch on the importance of winter weather preparations and emergency readiness.

  1. Update Your Time To Pet Account: Your Digital Pet Care Hub

First and foremost, make sure your Time To Pet account is current and accurate:

  • Pet Profiles: Ensure all your pets are listed in your account. Include their names, ages, breeds, and any medical or dietary needs. Upload clear and recent photos to help your pet sitter identify them easily.
  • Emergency Contacts: Verify that your emergency contact information is up to date. Provide multiple contacts, including a trusted neighbor or family member, in case your pet sitter needs assistance.
  • Access Details: Update instructions for accessing your home. Include any security codes, alarm system details, and where to find spare keys or key fobs.
  1. Detailed Pet Care Instructions

Clear and concise instructions are crucial for your pet sitter:

  • Feeding Routine: Outline your pets’ feeding schedule, including portion sizes and any dietary restrictions. Specify the location of food, bowls, and any necessary medications.
  • Exercise Needs: Describe your pets’ exercise requirements. Note their favorite toys and activities to keep them engaged.
  • Medications and Health: If your pets require medication, provide clear instructions on dosage, administration times, and any potential side effects to watch for.
  • Behavioral Insights: Share insights into your pet’s behavior, such as fears, triggers, or favorite hiding spots. This helps your pet sitter build trust with your pets more quickly.
  1. Home Safety and Maintenance

Ensure your home is safe and well-maintained during your absence:

  • Home Temperature: Adjust your thermostat to a comfortable temperature for your pets, especially during the winter. If your pet sitter will be responsible for adjusting it, please provide instructions.
  • Winter Weather Preparations: For winter travel, refer to our Winter Safety blog for tips on preparing your home for cold weather, including pipe insulation and ice melt.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Prepare for unforeseen circumstances by referring to our Emergency Prep blog for guidance on creating an emergency kit and sharing its location with your pet sitter. Sign up now and book your holiday pet and home care services today!

By following this straightforward checklist, you’ll set the stage for a successful and worry-free pet-sitting experience. Keeping your Time To Pet account current, providing clear instructions, and having emergency plans in place will ensure your pets are happy, healthy, and safe while you’re away. With these preparations, you can embark on your travels with confidence, knowing that your trusted pet sitter has everything they need to care for your pets and your home.

Planning Ahead: The Key to a Stress-Free Holiday Season with Pet and Home Care

The holiday season is just around the corner, and for many of us, that means spending quality time with loved ones, enjoying delicious meals, and exchanging gifts. But for pet owners and travelers, it also means considering the well-being of our furry family members and the safety of our homes while we’re away. That’s where Pet and Home Care comes in – offering you peace of mind during the holidays and throughout the year. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the importance of booking pet and home care services well in advance of the holidays and busy travel seasons, especially when winter weather adds an extra layer of complexity to your plans. As part of our commitment to your peace of mind, we invite you to explore our Winter Weather Policies for a deeper understanding of how we handle challenging weather conditions.

Beat the Holiday Rush: Book Early

As the holiday season approaches, demand for pet care services skyrockets. Many pet owners wait until the last minute to secure a sitter, only to find that reputable services are fully booked. To ensure your pets receive the best care possible and your home remains safe, it’s crucial to book early. Here’s why:

  1. Availability: Popular pet sitters and home watchers tend to get booked up quickly during the holidays. By booking in advance, you’ll have access to a wider range of options.
  2. Meet-and-Greet Time: Booking early allows you ample time for a meet-and-greet with your chosen pet sitter(s), ensuring you find the perfect match for your pet’s needs and personality.
  3. Peace of Mind: With your pet and home care services secured, you can relax and enjoy your holiday preparations without worrying about last-minute arrangements.

Winter Weather: An Extra Consideration

Winter weather can add an extra layer of complexity to your holiday plans. Snowstorms, icy roads, and power outages are not uncommon during the winter months. When you plan ahead for our services please remember:

  1. Winter-Ready Care: Our sitters who are experienced in dealing with winter weather can ensure your pets are warm, safe, and comfortable.
  2. Emergency Preparedness: By booking early, you can discuss emergency plans with your chosen provider, ensuring your pets are well taken care of in case of extreme weather events. For more tips, visit our Winter Weather Policies.
  3. Peace of Mind: Knowing that a trusted professional is on standby to handle any winter-related issues at your home can help ease your anxiety while you’re away.

Flexible Scheduling

Booking well in advance not only secures your spot but also allows you to create a customized schedule that fits your travel plans. Whether you need daily visits, overnight stays, or extended care throughout the holidays, early booking ensures you get the services you need when you need them.

Stress Reduction for Pets

Pets can sense when change is in the air, and disruptions to their routines can be stressful. Booking your Pet and Home Care services ahead of time provides a sense of stability for your pets, reducing their anxiety and ensuring their comfort during your absence.
The holiday season should be a time of joy and togetherness, without the stress of worrying about your pets and home. Don’t wait until the last minute; plan ahead and make this holiday season truly special for everyone in your family, including your beloved pets. We invite you to explore our Winter Weather Policies for more information on our winter care protocols and to book your holiday pet and home care services today. Peace of mind during the holidays is just a click away! Contact us today to secure your spot and ensure a happy and safe holiday season for your pets and home.

Simplify Pet Care with our Time to Pet App: A User Guide

At Pet and Home Care, we understand that your pet’s well-being is a top priority. That’s why we’ve made it easier than ever to manage your pet care services with our app. From booking care to tipping your sitter, and even updating important information and instructions, our app streamlines the pet care process for your convenience. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the simple steps to make the most of our app. Get it here: Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

Creating an Account

Create your account or log into an existing account here. Follow the simple steps to move forward with the creation process.

Booking Care with Ease

Booking pet care services with our app is a breeze. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Log In

Open the Time to Pet app and log in using your credentials. If you’re new to our services, you can create an account quickly by clicking activate account.

Step 2: Request Services

Once logged in, you’ll see a menu that includes the button “scheduling” under our announcement bar. Click scheduling, then click request service.

Step 3: Schedule

Choose the dates and times you require pet care.

Step 4: Choose Your Service

Select the pets requiring service, the type of pet care service you need, and the time you would like your service to take place. You can also add details at the bottom section.

Step 5: Confirm and Book

Review the information you’ve entered, make any necessary adjustments, and request your pet care service. Please await confirmation as we will need to approve your service request. Once it is approved, you will receive confirmation email and an invoice the day before your service is scheduled. Please be sure to add your payment method to ensure your invoice is paid on time.

Step 6: Sit Back and Relax!

After you recieve your confirmation, you can relax knowing your service is guaranteed. Enjoy peace of mind with our digital Pawgress reports. Photos, videos, and updates will be sent with every service.

Updating Information and Instructions

Keeping your pet’s information and care instructions up-to-date is crucial for their well-being. Make sure to regularly review the instructions to ensure they are accurate, concise, and clear. Additionally, please include current photos of your pets. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Log In

Access the Time to Pet app and log in using your credentials.

Step 2: Access Your Profile

Navigate to your profile section within the app with the “my info” button. This is where you can manage your personal and pet-related information. You can edit and update your contact details, manage home entry methods, etc.

Step 3: Access Your Pet Profile

By clicking the “pets” button, you can access and edit your pet’s medical history, feeding schedules, and any special care instructions.

Step 4: Save Changes

Once you’ve made the necessary updates, make sure to save your changes. This ensures that your pet’s caregiver has the most current and accurate information.

Experience Stress-Free Pet Care with Pet and Home CAre

Our app is designed to make pet care as convenient as possible. Whether you’re booking a service, tipping your sitter, or updating vital information and instructions, our tech puts you in control of your pet’s care.

At Pet and Home Care, we are committed to providing the best possible pet care experience. The Time to Pet app is just one way we make this happen. Download the app today, and simplify your pet care management. Your furry family members will thank you, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing they’re in capable hands.

Prepare Your Pet for Back-to-School Breaks with Pet and Home Care

As the back-to-school season approaches, families everywhere are bustling to get their kids ready for the classroom. While parents are busy preparing school supplies and schedules, there’s one important member of the family that should not be forgotten: your beloved pet. At Pet and Home Care, we understand that your pet is not just a part of your family but also your most loyal companion. That’s why we want to remind you that, as you plan for the school year ahead, it’s equally important to plan for those upcoming school breaks this fall and winter.

The Importance of Planning Ahead

The fall and winter breaks are prime times for family getaways and visits to relatives. However, these breaks can also be a stressful time for your pets if their routines are disrupted. Planning for pet care during these breaks is crucial for several reasons:

  1. Availability

Quality pet care services can become booked up quickly for mid day weekly walks and popular vacation periods. Waiting until the last minute to secure a pet sitter can leave you scrambling for options, potentially compromising your pet’s comfort and safety. You can access your scheduling needs on your online profile.

  1. Peace of Mind

Knowing that your pet is in the hands of a trusted and reliable pet care provider can significantly reduce the stress associated with leaving your furry friend behind. Planning ahead allows you to find the perfect pet sitter who can cater to your pet’s specific needs. Download our app to get the fastest communication for updates on your furry companion. Get it here: Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

  1. Maintaining Routine

Pets thrive on routine. Frequent changes in their environment can lead to anxiety and behavioral issues. By planning ahead, you can ensure that your pet continues to receive consistent care, maintaining their health and happiness.

  1. Personalized Care

Every pet is unique, with individual needs and preferences. Planning ahead enables you to find a pet sitter who understands your pet’s quirks and can provide personalized care, from feeding schedules to playtime activities.

The Power of “Set It and Forget It” Care

At Pet and Home Care, we take the stress out of planning for pet care while you are at work or the kids are at school. Our recurring walks option is the epitome of “set it and forget it” care for pet owners who have a consistent schedule and need pet care on the same days each week.

Here’s why our service is the ideal choice:

  • Convenience: With recurring walks, you can book your pet’s care well in advance, ensuring that your pet’s needs are met without the hassle of scheduling each time.
  • Flexibility: While you set up a consistent schedule, you’re not locked in. You can always cancel or add more visits as needed. Just contact our office, and we’ll take care of it.
  • Priority Service: Enjoy priority service for add-on care. If your pet needs extra attention or care during a school break, you’ll have peace of mind knowing we’re here to accommodate their needs.
  • Simplified Billing: Our recurring walks option is conveniently invoiced at the end of every two weeks. This helps catch any last-minute schedule changes or adjustments, making the billing process stress-free.

Why Choose Pet and Home Care?

At Pet and Home Care, we’ve been recognized as the Angie’s List Super Service Award winner for more than 10 years running. We maintain high ratings on Google and Yelp, thanks to our dedicated team of certified, trained, experienced, and professional pet care providers. We strive to make your experience as seamless as possible with easy online booking, digital “pawgress reports” with updates, photos, and videos of your pets each visit. We evenn have dedicated management team with office hours from 7am-9pm daily!

Planning ahead for your pet’s care has never been this simple and convenient. With Pet and Home Care, you’re not just choosing a pet care provider; you’re selecting a partner to ensure your pet’s happiness and well-being, even when you’re away.

Remember, a well-prepared pet is a happy pet, and a happy pet makes for a happy family. Contact us today and let us be your partner in ensuring your pet’s happiness and well-being during the school year and beyond. With Pet and Home Care, you can set it, forget it, and enjoy peace of mind knowing your pet is in excellent hands.

Start Planning Today!

Don’t wait until the last minute to think about your pet’s well-being during the upcoming school breaks. Start planning today by contacting Pet and Home Care to discuss your pet’s needs and secure the services of a trusted pet sitter. With our help, you can enjoy your vacations and family visits without worrying about your furry family members.