• Tips for Keeping Your Pets and Plants Happy While You're Away....

  • 1.    Even though you won’t be home and even though the temperatures are moderate on the day you leave for vacation, keep in mind that temperatures can and will fluctuate, especially during the winter and summer months.  Instead of turning off the heat or A/C completely, keep it between 60 to 70  so that your pet remains comfortable.  A few days of high temperatures can heat up a closed house quickly and your pet can suffer from it.

    2.    If you don’t have A/C or can’t leave it on, put some fans out for your sitter to keep on during the day.  Let your sitter know if there are any fans that can be kept on continually so that there is circulation through the house and your pet has the ability to lay in front of it.  Ceiling fans also help keep rooms cool.  Let your sitter know if he/she can turn these on as well.

    3.    If you have a basement and it’s safe for your pets to be down there, open the door so they can escape the heat that way.

    4.    If you live in a safe neighborhood and are comfortable with leaving a window cracked, open some upstairs windows and let your sitter be aware of which ones are open.  Instruct your sitter to close them if a storm is predicted.  Additionally, some windows have safety latches that only allow windows to be opened so far.  You may also be comfortable with cracking these types of windows downstairs.

    5.    Leave extra bowls of water for your pets.  Dogs especially need extra water after a walk in the heat.  Let your sitter know where extra bowls are or, just set some out before you leave.

    6.    Let your sitter know ahead of time what plants need watering during your absence.  Outdoor container plants require regular attention during the hot months.

    7.     Leave a watering can for your sitter for those plants where a hose will not reach.  Let your sitter know where the hose is and how to use it.  Advise your sitter if there is a sprinkling system that will be coming on and what plants are not within reach of the sprinklers.

    8.    To make it easier for your sitter, if possible, move all of your indoor plants to a central location.  A counter top, a corner of the kitchen or even a sun porch.  This way, plants are not missed during the indoor watering.

    9.    Leave specific instructions for specialty plants like orchids.  Not everyone knows that orchids are treated a bit differently than, say, a philodendron.

    10.    Let your sitter know how often to water indoor plants.  Again, different plants need different care.

    Following these simple tips should make an atmosphere for happy pets and happy plants!