Keeping Your Pets in Mind When Remodeling Your Home

Dog Photo Shoot 2012 You decided it’s time to remodel your home looking for a change. You begin looking for a company similar to Hawaii Windows and your dog comes up to you and it suddenly pops into your head, what would happen to your dog during the remodeling. When thinking about remodeling your home don’t forget about your pets! There are a lot of home remodeling hazards for pets that many pet owners are unaware of. It is no secret that home renovations are a great way to increase the value of your property, but, as with any large project, you should always make sure to do as much research as you can before committing to any overhauls. Here are some things to look out for during the course of your home remodeling:

  • Lead Paint: Often found in homes built before 1978 and can be found in linoleum, old putty around windows, or old paint covered over with non-leaded paint, wallpaper or paneling.
  • Paint, Stains and Varnishes: water based paints, stains, and varnishes are not toxic to pets but they can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Pink Insulation: fiberglass fibers can cause irritation in the mouth,gastrointestinal obstruction if ingested and can cause skin irritation if your pet rubs against it.
  • Foam Insulation, Tile Insulation, and Polyurethane Glue: upon consumption, isocyanates can put pets at risk by expanding in the stomach, causing the need for surgery to remove them.
  • Spackle: when ingested, can cause vomiting and gastrointestinal obstruction which could lead to the need for surgery.
  • Power Tools: keep curious pets away from power tools.
  • Surveillance: I’m sure lots of us hate leaving our pets alone in the house, and most pets detest being left on their lonesome. So, it might be a good idea to check out something like a home security camera internet monitoring system, which could allow you to watch the activity going on in your home and check up on how your pets are getting on alone. This could be great for preventing a pet’s separation anxiety, so it might be worth having a look at.
  • Materials: leftover materials can cause hazards for your pets such as nails, used paintbrushes, staples, sawdust piles, cleaning products, and more.
  • Irritants: sawing, staining, varnishing or spray painting projects can create noxious fumes, be sure to keep your house ventilated.

To keep your pets happy and healthy, be sure to visit your local Farm Supply store for all of their needs. Check out their website at or visit one of their locations in Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria, Buellton, or San Luis Obispo to get any of your questions answered.


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