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Natural Awakenings Indianapolis


Jan 26, 2011 01:29PM ● By Amanda Dorman

According to the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, 63 percent of all American households have pets. It’s no secret that these animals are usually happiest when they are home, surrounded by familiar sights, smells and sounds.

 Many dog owners worry about leaving their beloved pet alone when they go on vacation. It can be a stressful time, both for the pet and for the owner. For years, options were limited when it came time to pet care. One choice was boarding the animal at a kennel or veterinarian; another was turning to family and friends. Today, however, professional pet sitters are taking the anxiety out of leaving a pet behind by allowing owners to leave their pets home, knowing that they'll receive loving care.

 "Using a pet sitting service gives you the peace of mind that your loved ones are being cared for by a professional in comfortable surroundings. Having a professional who is trained in pet first aid and CPR looking after your pet can save your pet’s life in an emergency” says Andy Hartle, owner of Platinum Pet Services.

 Pet sitting allows animals to stay in their familiar environment, maintain their diet and exercise routine, and can be given plenty of personalized care and attention—a factor that is very important to many animal lovers.

 Pet sitting companies offer a variety of services including daily walks for dogs, pet waste removal, overnight stays and “gate keeping” services, such as bringing in the mail, watering plants and taking out the trash. Most companies set up a personalized package of services for each client and work with a variety of pets.

 Hartle explains, “Our job is to give owners another option to boarding. If someone has used a pet sitter before, they will tell you that it’s a great experience.”

 For more information on local pet sitters, contact

Platinum Pet Services at317-331-2929 or visit

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