November 9, 2018
This is Part 4 in our ongoing series of What is a Professional Pet Sitter? In Part 1, we addressed Business Registration and Certification. In part 2, we discussed Insurance and Bonding, and we talked about Background Checks in Part 3.
According to Pet Lover’s Companion, pet first aid is the immediate care given when a pet is injured or suddenly becomes ill while at home and, when necessary, with veterinary help. This knowledge can mean the difference between life and death; temporary and permanent disability; expensive veterinarian bills and reasonable home care. It is estimated that 25 percent more pets can be saved if just one pet first aid/CPR basic skill or technique was applied prior to receiving veterinary care.
Each team member at It Takes a Village Pet Care is pet first aid/CPR certified either through PetTech or ProTrainings. This training includes CPR techniques and first aid skills as well as healthcare and wellness information for dogs and cats. Ongoing training is provided to ensure employees skills are kept fresh and sharp. In addition, each team member carries a first aid kit and has access to the Pet First Aid by American Red Cross app on their phones.
In addition, It Takes a Village Pet Care team members receive pet safety training during employee orientation and through an online membership site called FetchFind. FetchFind is a portal that includes online learning courses with quizzes, and an extensive content library.
To ensure the safety of your pets, especially puppies, senior and special needs pets, hire a professional pet sitter.
In Part 5 of What is a Professional Pet Sitter?, we will discuss a team care approach.