If you are traveling for a few days, you need to make arrangements for your pet’s care while you are away. If you don’t have a friend or relative to whom you can entrust your pet’s care, hiring a pet sitter is the best answer to your need. A pet sitter is expected to come to your home several times a day to check on your dog, feed him, take him on leash walks or to the potty area outdoors, and play with your pet. The frequency by which the pet sitter should be at your home each day should be agreed upon during negotiations. In some instances, a pet sitter stays in your home while you are away. For many pet owners, letting a pet sitter stay in their home is a better arrangement because there is significantly less stress for your pet compared to leaving your pet in a boarding facility. Also, your pet won’t be unnecessarily exposed to disease and parasites. If you opt to have a stay-in pet sitter who can take care of your pet while you’re gone, make sure you are dealing with someone who comes highly recommended. Choosing a reliable pet sitter is very important to your pet’s welfare and safety, as well as the security of your home and belongings. For more information visit your local veterinarian.