Keep your Rover dog especially comfortable when scary storms arise. While some dog breeds handle the cold differently than others, with it comes to dog sitting, it never hurts to be a prepared!
Be Proactive, Not Reactive
Cold weather also brings the risks of severe winter weather, blizzards and power outages. Prepare a disaster/emergency kit, and include your Rover dog in your plans. And always keep your phone charged in case of power outages.
Contact Pet Parents
It’s likely that your Rover dog’s pet parent is concerned about their well being during inclement weather. Take the time to contact them more often, send more pictures, and assure them that their dog is comfortable in your care.
Extend Stays as Needed
Send a stay extension for any extra days that your Rover dog may need to stay with you. Remember, only stays booked through Rover qualify for the Rover Guarantee and 24/7 support—so protect dogs in your care by extending the stay.
A dog’s feet, legs, and belly may pick up deicers, antifreeze, or other chemicals that could be toxic. When you come inside from a walk, wipe down the dog’s feet, legs, and belly to keep them happy and healthy.
If any dogs in your care are whining, shivering, seem anxious, or slow down, get them back inside quickly. Utilize AskAVet or contact Rover Support if you need any help.
Stock Up on Water
When you go to the store to stock up on emergency supplies and reach for the bottled water, don’t forget to think of your Rover dog.
Make a Food Run
Do you have enough food to last? Stock up on dog food to ensure you don’t run out.
If necessary, speak with the dog’s veterinarian ahead of time to secure an emergency supply of pet medicine. You may not have access to the same services if your community is hit with severe weather.
Keep a printed copy of your Rover dog’s care instructions with vet information handy. In poor weather, your regular vet may not be available. Always have a back-up 24/7 facility.
Comfort is Key
Try to include a pet bed, favorite toy, clean blankets, and towels in your pet emergency kit. Familiar toys and comforting behavior will make your Rover dog more likely to stay calm and relaxed.
The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.