Pets sitting out the holidays in comfort
A NEW business, All Critters Pet Sitters, is taking the hassle out of holidays for pet owners.
Sonja Vandermark, a horse nutritionist by trade, knew from her own experience how difficult it could be to plan a holiday when the care of pets had to be factored in.
Ms Vandermark, who has horses, chooks and cats at her Corndale property, always had to ask her neighbours to look after them while her family took their holidays.
“You always feel like you are imposing on them,” she said.
Ms Vandermark had a hunch there might be a demand for a professional pet care service in Lismore, and it seems she was right.
Her business has become so successful she has just employed two new staff and last week ran a training day for the new recruits.
They learned how to do basic health checks on pets, looking for dehydration, how to give medication and how to conduct an ear, nose and throat examination.
“These are all the things we check for as part of the basic service,” she said.
Ms Vandermark said when she looked after other people's pets she treated them just like her own and gave them lots of cuddles.
“Although you can't cuddle goldfish,” she said.
Ms Vandermark said she has cared for everything from snakes to ferrets.
And while Ms Vandermark may not be able to remember the names of all her clients, she never forgets a pet's name.
“It's important for owners to feel their pets are being treated well,” she said.
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