Keeping Your Pets Safe During Home Renovations

9 Mar

Keeping Your Pets Safe During Home Renovations

Home renovation projects are great for updating your home and freshening its look. The down side, of course, is that such projects can be stressful – not only on you, but also on your pets. With the loud noises from tools, “strangers” (contractors) walking around your home, and constant commotion that they’re not used to, your pets can become very nervous and unsettled.

That said, it is important to keep your pets safe during home renovations. Here are a few tips:

  • Isolate your pets in a more peaceful part of your home. Let them stay where they can sleep and rest without chaos in their surroundings. If your entire home is messy and noisy due to a huge renovation project, ask a friend or a relative to let your pet stay with them during work hours.
  • Check your doorways and windows. Home renovations may require that you have an open entry, but this can present an opportunity for your pet to easily get out. Be careful to keep doors and windows closed when they’re not in use and try to keep your pets in a guarded area when the doors must be open.
  • Check for sharp and dangerous objects lying around. You don’t want your pets to swallow anything toxic or hurt themselves on any materials. Keep your pets away from the work site if at all possible, but if it is inevitable that they will be around, just be sure that you keep everything neat and organized to avoid putting them in danger.
  • Have a microchip inserted into your pet so you can easily track them if they run outside.
  • Entertain your pets. Try to keep them busy and distracted. If your pets are focused on their toys or other entertainment, they will feel less stressed and less impacted by the chaos.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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