What about your pet?

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Animal Advice -

Ren­o­vat­ing with pets can be chal­leng­ing. For­tu­nately, you can pre­vent po­ten­tial prob­lems with a few ba­sic safety tips. The less stress you ex­pe­ri­ence, the less stress your pet will feel. •

Mi­crochip and up­date your pet’s reg­is­tra­tion de­tails. If your pet es­capes dur­ing the reno, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and re­turn to home is a quick process.

Tape a note on the door to let tradies know your pet is in­side.

Ask about chem­i­cals likely to be used that may be toxic to an­i­mals, es­pe­cially birds, and take the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions. •

Be alert for signs of stress due to tool-wield­ing strangers, noise, smell and mess. Ap­petite loss, soil­ing de­spite be­ing trained, ex­ces­sive bark­ing or me­ow­ing, un­usual or de­struc­tive be­hav­iour and hair loss can be at­trib­uted to reno-stress. To min­imise anx­ious­ness, su­per­vi­sion is key. •

Cre­ate a ‘safe room’, a haven for your pet with a bed, food and toys. Or, send your pet on a fun hol­i­day with a pet-sit­ter. •

Stick to a nor­mal rou­tine with feed­ing, walk­ing and play­ing at the same time ev­ery day. •

When the day’s work is done, sweep up de­bris, nails or other sharp ob­jects harm­ful to pets.

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