When your pet has a special health condition, finding a pet sitter who can attend to its medical needs can be a challenge. That’s what prompted registered veterinary technicians Haley King and Taylor Guynn to launch Vet Techs 2 You, a pet-setting business that caters to cats and dogs needing a little extra TLC.
“Like a lot of vet techs, we do pet sitting on the side, but we focus on clients whose pets have more medical needs or need more care than typical,” explains King. “For example, if you have a diabetic pet and you’re concerned about someone giving the insulin incorrectly, we have the medical background that helps people feel more comfortable.”
In addition to typical pet-sitting duties like cleaning out the cat box or walking the dog, King and Guynn can administer topical or oral medications, give fluids or take a pet to the vet should an acute medical need arise. “We have clients fill out paperwork in advance so that we are authorized to act in an emergency situation.”
Since King and Taylor started their venture two years ago, they’ve brought peace of mind to plenty of grateful pet owners. “People are surprised at how stress relieving it is to have someone come in and take that burden from them,” says King. “It makes them feel comfortable to be able to go out of town knowing that their pets are going to be well cared for. We are there every day and we know what to look for if something is going wrong. We have experience in emergency and critical care, so we’re equipped to handle whatever comes up and get their pet what they need.”
The pair also makes house calls when a client is home but isn’t comfortable or capable of administering medical care to a pet. As King explains, “Our first client had a new puppy with an ear infection, but they didn’t have experience giving ear medication, so we came in to help with the whole family there.”
For these two vet techs, their work is more like a calling than a job. “We both love helping animals, so coming to people’s houses is just another aspect of that,” says King. “It’s nice to educate people, too. We get to talk to clients, and it really does help them feel better about leaving their animal, which makes us feel good, too.”