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Pet Sitting Safety for the 4th of July

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Professional pet sitters are expected to know all about the most up-to-date safekeeping methods and techniques for their client’s and their pets. Pet sitting insurance is a pragmatic way to protect your clients’, your four-legged clients, and your business. It’s also a great way to set yourself apart from others in the industry who may not be covered.

In light of upcoming 4th of July festivities, the insurance experts here at PCI have created this list of ways to care for your furry friends.

Fireworks Scare Pets

During firework festivities, it’s a good idea to leave pets indoors in a crate or locked room so they feel secure. If pets are left unattended or outside, the loud sounds of the fireworks can startle them, and cause them to run away.

Be Cognizant of Heat Exhaustion Signs

According to PetMd, dogs can experience heat exhaustion just as humans do. Dehydration in pets can lead to exhaustion and possibly even stroke. Some ways to avoid heat exhaustion are: Keep pets indoors during peak heat hours Take them out to play at a cooler time of day Provide plenty of water

Beware of BBQs

Certain table foods may have adverse health effects on dogs. It is a good idea to ask guests to avoid feeding the dog, or other pets, their leftovers. Keep dogs away from hot grills to avoid burns, and ask friends to help keep an eye out so that dangerous situations can be prevented.

Burnt Pads and Sunburns on Pets

If dogs are made to walk on scorching cement or pavement, it could potentially burn the pads of their feet. Light colored and white animals are also susceptible to sunburned skin, just as humans are. Walking dogs in the morning or evening hours is ideal as well as sunscreen that is specifically designed for your pet.

PCI wishes you and yours a safe and happy 4th of July, however in the event of a mishap, Pet Care Insurance can help. Purchase your pet sitting insurance today! Policies start at $229.

†All insurance policies have conditions, limitations and exclusions. Please refer to the policy for exact coverages.

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Comparing Employee Dishonesty Coverage & Bonding

PCI’s employee dishonesty coverage is similar to a bond, but there may be some key differences to consider.

Employee dishonesty coverage:

  • Can be purchased in the same transaction
  • Doesn’t run credit checks
  • Provides $10,000 per occurrence and $25,000 aggregate coverage

Bonds may differ from our dishonesty coverage by:

  • Checking your credit during the application process
  • Having a “Conviction Claus;” Often bonds won’t pay on claims unless there is a conviction
  • Many require you to reimbursement the bonding company after a claim is paid