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As a building contractor who loves animals, I understand that home owners aren’t the only ones temporarily inconvenienced by a renovation or restoration. Pets are affected, too. From gerbils to Great Danes, pets have their own routines that are disrupted by hammering, sawing, strange smells and covers over their favorite snoozing place. In addition, they become curious about work materials and may wander where they shouldn’t. My team and I want to keep your pets as stress-free and safe as possible. So here are a few tips for keeping your pet safe during home construction:
You might want take your pet to the vet before construction begins. That way you can find out if there are any underlying problems that might be aggravated by living in a construction area. Your vet is an excellent source of information on how to keep your pet safe during construction and what to do if you think there is a problem.
As we all know, most pets will eat anything at floor level. A lot of inedible and even toxic items are going to be on or near the floor during construction, including paint cans, sawdust and plastic sheeting. Try providing a construction free zone for your pet where he can relax and eat in safety. Let us know what area you’ve dedicated to your pet so we can respect it.
In fact, you may decide that having a spot in the mudroom or garage that is specifically set up for feeding, bathing or storing accessories for your pet is a great addition to your house. Or how about a custom dog house for outside, one that has as much style as your own home. We can build that!
Pets are more sensitive than humans to noise and construction is noisy. You could try covering up noise by playing TV programs or music in another room of the home and confining the pet to that room.
If your pet begins to show signs of stress, you may want to remove the pet from the home during the day or until construction ends. Signs of stress could include hiding, running away or unusual aggression. We can’t take on the responsibilities of feeding or walking a pet or guarantee that a pet won’t sneak past us when our hands are full of construction materials. But WORKS is dedicated to ensuring that every member of your family is safe during construction. And that includes your pet.