Pets and Home Renovations

 

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6 Ways You Can Help Keep Your Pets Safe During a Home Renovation Project

A lot of people have been using the extra time they are spending at home to tackle some of their renovation and remodeling projects. At the same time, many households have found themselves with newly adopted or fostered pets. Those two things don’t always go together well. Construction materials can pose serious dangers to unsuspecting animals and dogs and cats can be incredibly curious, especially if they are still getting used to a new environment. It is crucial that you take steps to keep your pets safe from the many hazards that crop up during a home improvement project.

1. Keep Pets in a Secure Area

Don’t let your pets roam around in an active work area. Instead, provide them a safe, secure and comfortable place to call their own as the work is going on. This will keep them out from underfoot of workers and away from machinery and equipment. You want to keep them away from larger pieces even when they aren’t running to avoid any accidents. Before you call for that crane rental Knoxville TN, be sure you have a place to keep it until your rental period is through.

2. Don’t Let Them Play With Tools

Cats will swat just about anything around the house and plenty of dogs will chew up sticks (or wooden handles), but that doesn’t mean they should. Many tools, even the most common ones, have sharp edges, blades or parts that could cause serious harm. Choking, cuts, scrapes and electrocution are just a few of the possibilities. Paint or chemical residue left on tools could also pose risks beyond the more obvious ones.

3. Always Keep Chemicals Locked Up

Speaking of chemicals, many commonly used solvents, adhesives and finishes are extremely toxic to animals and humans. While you might reach for a pair of vinyl gloves before you pick something up, your pets can’t really do the same. Some products with sweet scents may also look like a tempting “treat” to an unsuspecting pet that then becomes gravely ill. Keep all chemicals used for the project safely stored in a closed cabinet or room that your pets can’t access just to be safe.

4. Clean Debris at the End of Each Day

While wood shavings covering a couple of discarded fasteners are an eyesore or nuisance for you, they can be a real problem for a cat or dog who wanders across them. Staples, nails and screws can easily pierce a paw, possibly leading to an infection or trip tot eh vet for care. That’ why it pays to take a de minutes once work is done to sweep up the floors and pick up any trash that is scattered around. Your pets will be safer, and you won’t have to look at rapidly accumulating piles of trash.

5. Feed Pets Away From the Work

Feeding pets away from the hustle and bustle of a construction site can make a big difference. They will be more relaxed and, therefore, less likely to gobble their meals down in a rush. They are also less likely to associate the work area with food, which means less chance of them finding leftover and spoiled food or other things they shouldn’t be eating.

6. Minimize Disruptions to Their Schedule

Many pets are creatures of habit. THey wake up, have breakfast, and go about their normal routine. This may already be disturbed if work and school are going on in your home. A construction project on top of that could be just too much for some pets to handle. The result is a stressed or anxious animal that may withdraw or lash out at you. Try to minimize the additional disruptions by maintaining your normal schedule as much as possible. Think about how loud construction sounds are to dogs’ sensitive ears, too. Take them out to the park for a little extra playtime away from the noise and activity so they feel special.

There is no reason you shouldn’t undertake a home improvement project if you have a pet. Taking a few extra precautions like securing equipment and minimizing disruptions for your pet can make the [process go more smoothly.

“Cary Teller is an Oregon native who loves exploring the outdoors with his trusty sidekick Milo, a 2-year old gorgeous and cuddly mastiff.”