Renovation projects can definitely cause a major disturbance to the daily routine of your family members, including your pets.
And, unlike your family members – even kids – to whom you could explain what to expect during a renovation, this is simply impossible with pets. This means that you have to exert an extra effort to make sure that your pets are safe at all times.
Just like with humans, renovations can be agitating and unsafe for pets. For instance, pets could be exposed to hazardous or irritating materials such as sawdust and paint. Pets could also be easily scared by the noise from the renovation. On top of that, your pet will constantly see workers getting into your home – and you know how some pets, especially dogs, react to strangers, right?
To keep your pets secure during a home renovation project, there are some steps you can take, like:
- Sticking to the daily routine you have with your pet as much as you can. Pets can get anxious whenever their daily routine gets messed up. So, try to maintain your pet’s daily routine. Feed them on a regular schedule, and walk them as you normally would if there’s no renovation.
- Asking your contractor for the schedule of specific activities that might involve hazardous materials. When you know when your contractor will be painting the walls, you can take your pet somewhere else safe so that they don’t inhale the toxic paint fumes.
- Installing a microchip in your pet. When you are having your home renovation, most of the time, at least a door to your home will remain open throughout the day to allow workers to move freely in and out of your home. Unfortunately, this means that your pet could easily escape through this door. Having a microchip installed in your pet will help you track your pet easier.
- If you’re having a major home renovation that would affect almost every room in your home, it would be better if you ask a friend or a relative to look after your pet in their home in the meantime.