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Pet Checklist

Before you go - checklist for pet owners
Your animals' special needs, health and safety need to be both documented and provided for while you're away. Abigail’s is prepared to make your animals' health and happiness a top priority but they can't do their best by Spot and Fluffy without all the necessary information and preparation by you.
1. Create an information pack
It's a good idea to put an information pack together containing all of the information that Abigail’s needs to provide top quality care to your pets. Consider including the following in your information pack:
·         up-to-date immunization records
·         microchip or tattoo information
·         lost pet register contact information
·         municipal license or registration records
·         medical history (including last dates of de-flea and de-worming treatment)
·         current medication (including generic names of drugs, dosage information and your usual supplier)
·         vet's contact information
·         after-hours animals medical emergency service contact information
·         photograph of your pet that is both current and adequately detailed to identify them with
·         map with the location of good dog parks and other permitted dog walking areas
2. Help us know your pet
The more you can tell us about your pets usual habits and quirks the more fine-tuned our care and attention will be.  Take the time to consider the following questions.
·         What are the important routines in your pet's day (including eating, sleeping, exercising and playing)?
·         Is your pet on a special diet? What amounts of food do they usually eat? When do they usually eat? How many treats are they usually permitted?
·         Does your pet have any major and minor health problems (for example, skin allergies or old injuries)?
·         Create an emergency health care plan (Which health care provider do you use? How do you get to the clinic? How will your house sitter make a payment for emergency care?)
·         Where are your pet's favorite toys, chew toys and treats kept?
·         Where are your pet's favorite hiding places?
·         Does your pet have any unusual habits (for example, your cat may regularly vomit, your puppy may urinate when showing submission or your dog may try to leap out of open car windows)?
·         Does your pet have any phobias or anxieties?
·         Are any rooms or parts of the property 'off limits' for pets?
3. Animal supplies
Stock up on enough supplies to keep your animals happy and healthy while you're away (plus extra of everything in case your return is delayed). Leave your animals' supplies in one spot in plain sight for easy access. These supplies could include the following:
·         food (main meals, dry food, treats, chewing bones)
·         catnip
·         food and water bowls
·         medications (flea, tick, lice, heartworm, worm and mange treatment, with dosage information)
·         toys (indoor chewing and tugging toys, chasing toys)
·         exercise equipment (leads, balls, tennis racket, towels, cold weather gear, muzzles, collars, harness, snow boots)
·         identification tags, tattoo or microchip (featuring a contact number or a number on a registration list - make sure these are current!)
·         bedding (basket, mattress with pillows, blankets or duvet, spares for washing)
·         cleaning equipment for your animals' messes in your home (mops, brushes, sponges, disinfectant)
·         waste collection equipment (poop scooper, bags, gloves, kitty litter and trays)
·         travelling equipment (car restraints, car blankets, travel containers)
4. Preparing your animals
By doing a few simple things for your animals you can leave knowing that they'll be that much more safe and secure in your absence.
·         Deal with any suspected health problems in your animals before you go.
·         Make sure your pets are wearing practical collars that fit properly (collars shouldn't be too tight or so loose that they can slip off).
·         Have an identification tag engraved with a current contact number for each of your pets. Attach these tags to the D-rings on your pets' collars with a sturdy steel ring.
·         Take digital photographs of each of your animals showing their markings and distinctive features.
·         We will schedule an at home visit as part of our normal process which is a great time to get to know your pets and for them to get to know us
·         Tell them when you'll be coming back home (some people believe that our pets understand these reassuring messages).
5. Preparing your home
While you know exactly what hazards your home contains so it's a good idea to attempt to really 'pet-proof' your home before you leave.
·         Put anything away that could be harmful to your pet. Christmas tree decorations, tinsel, pine needles, firewood, cooked bones (think gum and gut-perforating splinters and shards), strings, ribbon or knitting wool are all potentially deadly to curious cats and dogs. Add pesticides.
·         Your garage probably contains many hazardous substances such as rat poison and slug killer, fertilizers, antifreeze and pesticides. It is critical to put any dangerous substances in your garage completely out of reach of your pets (preferably behind a locked door).
·         Seal off any routes to your cellar or attic so that your pets don't become 'lost' in these hard-to-get-to spaces.
·         Block your pets' usual escape routes from your property. You may need to repair holes in the fence or fill scraped-out depressions beneath fences or gates with heavy objects.
·         Secure any gates on your property (including those to a swimming pool).
·         Unplug appliances to prevent possible accidents.
·         Consider installing a doorflap so that your animals can leave the house if they need to (for their toileting or in case of an emergency such as fire or flooding).
·         Just before you leave, ensure that the right pets are inside the house.
And lastly, leave a piece of your worn clothing in your pets' sleeping area to give them a nice reminder of their family while you're away.


  • "Our commitment is to doing everything in our power provide peace of mind, low stress and a sense of security by attending to every detail during our clients absence."
    – From Abigail's Concierge
  • "We will even serve as emergency contact during the owner’s absence. No one likes to get an alarm call at 3 in the morning, especially when they are thousands of miles away."
    – From Abigail's Concierge