Higgins and Friends is more than just a pet sitting company. They provide a holistic approach to pet care. We cater to the emotional and behavioral, as well as physical needs, of your pet(s).
Higgins and Friends specializes in the care of cats and dogs serving the Annapolis, Odenton, and Severna Park areas. Jill, the owner, has been a veterinary technician for many years and is known by most of her clients as “the cat whisperer”. Services include basic care (feed/water, walks, out in the backyard, litter box cleaning), medication visits, dog walking, pet taxi and house sitting. Because of her veterinary background, she can administer any type of medication, including subcutaneous fluids and injections.
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Each new client will receive an initial consultation before the first job is started. This visit is complimentary and allows the pet sitter to become acquainted with the client, their pet(s) and what tasks are required for the particular job. There are also forms to fill out that provide information about the pets, the client and the residence.
I have over 10 years experience as a veterinary technician. I have been certified in pet CPR and emergency care.
Pricing is decided on a case by case basis.
I started working as a vet tech. During that time I started pet sitting, cats only. After about 6 years I had acquired a large clientele. In 2004, I decided to establish a business. I started pet sitting full time and teching part time. I did that for several years. Eventually hired sitters and worked as a vet tech when needed.
I worked with every type of pet owner.
It's hard to choose just one. I enjoy all of my charges. It would take a book to discuss all of them. Currently a veterinarian I used to work for called me and asked me if I would be willing to medicate a client's cat while she is in the hospital. The cat was very difficult and wouldn't let anyone but his owner touch him. I am medicating him now twice daily with no problem.
Do your research. Treat it like an other hire. Make sure they have experience with your kind of animal and the type of care they need.
What are their priorities? What type of care does their pet need? Do they have any special needs?