Long Beach Living magazine recently reached out to me for an interview about AJ’s Au Pair for Pets and I was more than happy to participate. I know that many clients and potential clients have questions about In-Home pet sitting. When it comes to your fur babies, who wouldn’t want to know all the details? You want to know who your pets are spending time with! Hopefully this article will provide you with some answers.
Please grab a copy of the June 2018 addition and check out the article, or read the PDF here: Long Beach Living June Q+A with Alexis of AJ’s Au Pair for Pets.
Q. Why do pet owners hire an in home pet sitter?
A. The top reason is “peace of mind.” You want to know that while away, your fur or
feathered babies are in the hands of someone you trust to step into your role. Most pets
do not like change, so having someone come into their environment, that focuses on
providing them with lots of tlc and attention, is another reason in home pet sitting is the
best choice for many.
Q. What qualities should I look for in a pet sitter?
A. In hiring a pet sitter, it should be someone you 100% trust to look after your pets and
home. When I am pet sitting, I set up an album for each pet on my Facebook page.
Pictures are taken and posted throughout each day. This way you can check and see
what we’re doing. This adds more comfort and reassurance so you can fully enjoy your
stay away. Also, a quality pet sitter should communicate any changes in the pet’s
behavior no matter how small.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. Pricing varies depending on whether you want someone to stay overnight, visit once
or several times a day. AJ’s Au Pair for Pets prices are: Basic Visit: $20 for 30-45
minutes; perfect for quick walks, play, and feeding. Extended Visit: $30 for 45-60
minutes; recommended for multiple pet households or pets requiring special care, VIP
Visit: $40-60-90 minutes; includes extensive play time, longer walks, and activities.
Additional Pets: Add $5/pet. Overnight stay prices vary.
Q. What happens in the case of an emergency?
A. If the unthinkable happens and a medical emergency occurs, your directives should
be approved beforehand and followed. Where your pet’s vet is located and providing pet
sitter authorization for the vet to treat the pet while away is important. Emergency
procedures that you are comfortable with should be agreed upon before leaving.
Q. How can I tell if they’re trustworthy and experienced?
A. My family and I have lived in Park Estates for many years so most of my business is
referrals and word of mouth. Online reviews are always informative, however speakingto current or former clients is best. You want someone who is local, well known,
experienced and has an impeccable reputation.
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