I have a pet sitting business and I would probably charge around $18 per visit, but I also have to cover gas expenses, insurance, etc.
You may already plan on doing this, but one thing I always recommend is that you contact your vet and let them know someone is taking care of your pets while you are gone. That way, they have your authorization if any of your pets are sick or injured. They may also want a credit card or a form filled out showing the maximum $ amount you will authorize.
I hope you have a great vacation. While you are gone, your pets will probably be lounging around and getting really spoiled, so try to relax and have fun! :)
Thanks for the tip about the vet. I never thought of that. I know when I took care of my neighbor's dog (same neighbor) the dog developed a UTI. I took the dog to their vet and I just paid for it. It wasn't an issue because I knew my neighbor would pay me back which she did.
Mooser, I'm concerned about this. Vet has prescribed ChlorPalm for what is apparently enteritis. Want to chime in? This person really needs to post here for advice.Sandy, can you go over to Hamsterific and add to what I posted? There's a person with a sick pig and it doesn't seem like the vet they took it to knew much about pigs. Try to get her to post here, I mentioned it.
Leave all kinds of emergency contacts for yourself, and the vets info for them.
Definately leave notes on what to do, but don't get too picky. Just because you do all kinds of little extra things like vacuum poo 3 times a day, doesn't mean he has to. If you give him too much to do or remember, he will get overwhelmed. Just focus on basic care. Don't leave a novel for him to read, just an outline that he can refer back to. Maybe even leave the notes for each animal next to that cage.
Try to make things as easy as possible for him and give him a schedule to roughly follow and space things out. Maybe GP cage Tuesday, rat cage Wednesday, so it doesn't take forever to do.
Leave the GP food next to the GP's, and the rat food next to the rats, instead of everything in a cupboard away from the animals so it is right there for him and he doesn't have to keep going back and forth.
Besure he has trash bags and all that he will need and doesn't have to go hunting for stuff (I hate that).
My worst problem is that I am light switched challenged. I have the hardest time finding light switches in new houses in the dark (It is probably just me) but if he doesn't know where they are, you could show him.
You might want to pay him some up front. Not all. Maybe $50 bucks. Sometimes that shows you trust him, and will make him want to do a good job since he has already been paid some for it. Thats how I feel sometimes.