Solutions to the six most common pet care issues working pet parents face
Pet ownership can be one of the toughest jobs you’ll ever love! Ask any pet owner and they’ll tell you all about the challenges they face with owning a pet. For most pet owners, the safety and welfare of your pet is first and foremost. Here are six pet care problems that pet owners face along with ideas for solving them.
1. Work – Life Balance
Those of us that do not have bank accounts overflowing with oodles of money will still have to work to keep a roof over our head and food on the table. We recognize that our jobs and our paychecks are precious. Some jobs have more flexibility while others demand a set schedule. Are you running home at lunch time to let the dog out and then racing back? Or, are you stuck in a long, slow commute and you’re stressing because the dog’s been locked up all day? You can alleviate the unnecessary stress by having a support system set up and in place that will allow you to keep your dog happy, healthy, and safe. It also allows you to focus on moving forward towards that promotion you’re hoping for.
Face your scheduling woes in advance. Set up a routine for your work week. Weekday pet care should include hiring a dog walker. Dogs shouldn’t have to hold their potty for 8-10 hours every day. They need to have a break during the day to relieve themselves. A mid-day break should also allow them to get in some exercise, both physically and mentally, to keep them in the best shape so they can live long, healthy lives. They will come to know what to expect on a daily basis and will look forward to their regular, comforting daily routine. When you arrive home in the evening, you can spend quality time together.
Have a plan in place for those times when you need to travel for business or pleasure. You can arrange for overnight care or drop in visits in your home so your pet’s routine is never disrupted. Having one of our qualified, professional pet care providers come to your home makes life so much easier for you to be away. We will email you a daily report on your pet’s activity so you’ll have peace-of-mind knowing your pet is being loved and cared for and when you return home, your dog will happily greet you when you walk in the door.
3) Dealing with Emergencies
Every plan can have a curve ball thrown in. Have you ever arrived home to a potty accident in the middle of the floor or a vomit that you need to clean up? Life happens, especially with pets. By putting systems in place ahead of time, you won’t jeopardize your work standing. When you hire a dog walker, your pet can relieve himself, have some playtime and snuggles, drink refreshed water, and enjoy an owner approved treat. If an accident occurs, your pet care provider will clean it up. If a health issue is detected, we will contact you immediately and take your pet to the vet, if needed.
4) Changing Plans
You’ve got your keys in hand and ready to walk out the door to catch a flight when your neighbor, who is suppose to care for your dog, calls and says he can’t watch your pet because something else came up. Having someone bail on you at the last minute is horrible! That’s why it’s important to hire a company that has a backup plan, so you aren’t caught off guard when plans change. With Totally Tails Pet Care Services, this is our business, this is what we do. When a sitter or walker calls in sick, or has an emergency, we send in another team member or a member of management as backup. We never miss a visit. Now, you are able to leave and have peace-of-mind in knowing that we are not only dependable, but reliable too, in providing the best care for your pet.
5) Time for You
Now-a-days, we all have busy lives. We work long hours, we provide shuttle service for our children’s sporting events, and we take care of our households. Do we ever get to take time out of our busy schedules to relax and have fun? You need, and deserve, a break for yourself. Maybe you would like to attend a friend’s wedding, go out with co-workers for happy hour, or maybe, take a long weekend to get away. Once we have you set up in our system, we are just a click or a phone call away. Our easy, online scheduling program allows you to book a reservation 24/7. So when the urge strikes you at 11pm, you can log in to your account and book your reservation. We will send you an email confirmation and being services on day you requested. We will stop by to take your dog for a walk or provide pet sitting services for your kitty. It’s that easy!
6) Paying for Services
Your pets are your furry children, they are family. Sometimes we want to save money on our pet care so we may ask the kid down the street or hire the hobby sitter. Your pet’s safety, health, and happiness should be of the up-most concern, so skimping on quality care shouldn’t be an option. By hiring a company whose business is providing quality pet care services, like ours, you can depend on us to be there each and every time. Yes, we are a bit more expensive than the neighborhood kid, your family member, or the hobby sitter. We have systems and procedures in place, backup plans, licenses, insurances, and trained employees. All of that value comes with a price. So while we may not be the cheapest, you can bet that we will be there for you, provide your pet with the best possible love and care, and give you the peace-of-mind you need so you can be away and not worry about Fido back home. What price would you pay for that peace-of-mind?
It may not always be easy to juggle life, but with planning and support, we hope we can make your pet care needs a little easier for you. Give us a call, we’d love to chat with you!