Home renovations are exciting but can also be very stressful for everyone, especially pets. The new people coming in and out of the home, along with unfamiliar sounds and smells, can be a lot for a pet to deal with.
Keeping pets safe is always important and the easiest way to do so during a renovation is to take them to a pet daycare while work is being done. We know that is not an option for everyone but if you’re worried about your pet’s health and safety during the remodeling process, here are some things you can do:
Designate an Entrance
During your renovation, there will be a lot of people coming and going. They will sometimes be carrying heavy materials, and while they will do their best to look out for your pet (many of them have pets, too), it’s often hard to see them.
The last thing we want is for your pet to get injured or get out of the house, so it’s a good idea to designate an entrance for our crew to use, and it’s best if it is away from where your pets will be staying. This will help to reduce the chances of an animal slipping out while a door is propped open.
Microchip Your Pet
If you haven’t already, you might consider microchipping your pet. This way, if they do sneak out, the chances of them being found and reunited with you are far greater than if they only have a collar or no ID at all.
Watch Out for Unexpected Hazards
Of course, we do our best to clean up after ourselves, but it’s still a good idea to look out for dangerous materials. Keeping pets safe from nails, woodchips, or screws that may have been dropped is crucial since they’re easy for your pet to step on or try to eat. Make sure to keep your pets away from any glue or paints we use since those can be toxic to dogs.
Keep Pets in A Secure Space
Home renovations can be loud – walls are being torn down, and noisy equipment is being used. All of these changes can be stressful for your pets, so having a space where they can feel as at home as possible will help them tremendously. If you’re able to keep your pets in a room as far away from the noise as possible, it will be very helpful.
It’s best if your pet’s room has food, water, toys, a bed, and other familiar items.
This will reassure them that even though a lot is going on in their home with a lot of unfamiliar people coming and going, they have a space that is safe.
Try To Keep a Regular Routine
Is your dog used to going on a morning walk or an afternoon swim? Try to make sure they still get to do these activities. Being cooped up in a smaller space when they’re used to roaming freely around the house can be a struggle, so they need their regular exercise.
Plus, your pets are creatures of habit, so any normalcy you can give them throughout the process will benefit their health.
When we get to know you and design your project, please feel free to bring up any concerns you may have about keeping your pets safe. We want to make sure everyone stays safe throughout the construction process, so we will have to put together a plan to do so. If you have an overly anxious pet, you may want to consult with your vet before we get started.