Fairfax, Oakton, and the Town of Vienna
- Daily feeding, fresh water, litter box and bird cage servicing
- Medications administered, as needed
- Daily activities log
- Daily walks, if desired
- Playtime and quality attention
- Daily house sitting duties, such as taking in mail, newspapers and packages, as necessary; watering plants; turning lights on/off
Silver Whiskers' mission is to provide the highest quality in-home petsitting services to pet owners in Fairfax, Oakton, and the Town of Vienna, whose pets may have special needs that require patience, gentle care and astute observation. Silver Whiskers is happy to petsit any and all of your pets, young or old, and specializes in senior pets and birds.
Those pets that others may consider to be high maintenance, Silver Whiskers Petsitting considers to be its special niche!
In-home Petsitting Rates
Silver Whiskers Petsitting rates are based on the number of daily visits and inclusive of all of your pet's needs, including administering medicines as necessary, going on walks, special diet preparation, etc.
The per visit rate decreases as the number of daily visits increases in order to serve the best interest of senior pets, particularly older dogs who need extra daily care, such as more frequent bathroom outings and/or smaller meals fed more frequently during the course of the day. Also inclusive in these rates is watering plants, if necessary, taking in mail and newspapers daily, and alternating lights on/off, if desired.
The rates are based on an average visit of 45 minutes, not including travel time. During the course of a day, certain visits will naturally take more time than others. Mealtime visits generally take between 45 minutes and an hour, whereas mid-day outings and bedtime visits may require slightly less than 45 minutes.
I do not charge extra for additional pets as my goal is to meet the needs of an entire family of pets. However, if visits consistently take more than one hour, I will work with you to find a reasonable hourly rate rather than a per visit rate.
- 1 daily visit: $30 total
- 2 daily visits: $56 total @ $28 per visit
- 3 daily visits: $78 total @ $26 per visit
- 4 daily visits: $92 total @ $23 per visit
Mid-day Outings / Walking
Many people need assistance with their puppies and senior dogs during the workday. Mid-day outings provide a bathroom / exercise break for your pet while you're at work. A mid-day outing averages 30 minutes and includes a walk around the block or a stroll through the yard—whichever your pet prefers. Any additional services, such as administering medications or feeding meals, will constitute a petsitting visit and will be charged accordingly.
The following rates apply for mid-day outings when contracted on a regular, weekly basis. Unfortunately, Silver Whiskers is unable to provide mid-day outings during weekends due to the high volume of petsitting clients on Saturdays and Sundays.
- $18 per day
Free Initial Consultation
The initial consultation between you, your prospective petsitter and your pet is an invaluable experience for all involved and is essential in order to find the best match for you and your pet. However, since so many petsitters charge an initial consultation fee, the process of screening numerous potential petsitters can grow quite costly. Therefore, I do not charge an initial consultation fee.
I do, however, ask that you take the time to fill out an information form on your pet and any special needs your pet may have before our appointment so that the initial consultation will be as productive as possible. Rather than my spending the whole visit taking notes, we'll review your completed forms and I'll have more time to interact with your pets. Based on the information you provide, I will make myself a check-list to take with me when I go to your home to petsit.
I will also keep a log at each visit, recording pertinent information about your pet's activities during the course of each day. The form can be downloaded as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file, which you can print and fill out. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can download it for free from Adobe's Web site.
I currently do not charge a mileage fee for those clients within my normal service area of Fairfax, Oakton, and the Town of Vienna.