A Guide to Pet Safety During Remodeling

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If you are like many other North Carolina and South Carolina homeowners, your pet is not merely an animal, but a veritable member of your family. This can make the thought of keeping them safe during a home renovation somewhat daunting. “What if something goes wrong?” you might be wondering. This guide is here to help you understand more about keeping pets safe and sound during remodeling projects of all kinds.

Remember, the advice in this guide is general, and all of the tips may or may not work in your unique situation. If, for example, your pet tends to be particularly aggressive with people outside of your household, it may be best to put him or her in a daycare or kennel while workers are present in your house. Hopefully, however, no matter what circumstances you are in, some of these suggestions will help you.

Avoid certain items

There are a number of things you should make sure your pet avoids throughout your residential renovation job. Make sure, for instance, that all toxic chemicals and adhesives are stored out of reach or in locked cabinets and do your best to put small objects, such as nails and screws, in sealed boxes. You should also make sure your family pet is out of the way when any heavy items, like new appliances, boxes of roofing materials, or crates of flooring, are being carried into your home. If he or she gets underfoot, he or she could get injured accidentally.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, in many cases, your cat or dog should be kept away from extremely loud noises, including air compressors and jackhammers. Not only can sustained exposure to these noises damage your pet’s hearing, but it may cause them to behave abnormally. Some animals cower in fear, for example, while others lash out in ways they typically wouldn’t.

Let your pet(s) meet the team

If you are having a fairly major renovation done and the team will be present for weeks or months, make sure you allow your pet to get to know them. Cats and dogs should be introduced to general contracting teams, sub-contractors, interior designers, and anyone else who will regularly be in your home for the duration of the job. This will help your animals feel more comfortable on a daily basis.

Have a pet-proofed room prepared

It is wise to prepare a room, preferably as far away from the construction as you can, for your pets to go to when needed. This space should be equipped with your pet’s favorite things, such as toys, his or her bed, food and water dishes, and any necessary medications. If possible, spend time in this room with your pet before your remodeling project begins. This way, he or she will be comfortable there.

If you find that your pet is coping poorly with renovation noise or with strangers in your home, you might want to consider talking to your vet for recommendations. He or she ought to be able to help you figure out how to help your furry friend adjust to the current situation in your house. Remember, in the end, having the home of your dreams will be worth it for everyone in your household, including your pet!

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