Australia is an enthusiastic nation of home renovators, and we are surrounded by television programs such as The Block and renovation magazines aplenty. According to ABS statistics, 67% of Aussie couples with children live in a renovated home. Furthermore, 85% of us continue to live in our home as we renovate.
The excitement and stress of renovations affects the four legged members of the family just as much as the 2 legged ones. Vets around the country see plenty of cats and dogs suffering the upheavals involved in creating that dream home. Typical problems include straying due to inadequate fencing, noise phobias-that are manifest as howling, barking, injuries while trying to escape of hide and lack of appetite.
With 64% of Australian households owning a pet, it’s important to make arrangements for them when drawing up renovation plans. Here are some tips for making the transition much smoother.
- Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and I.D.
tag,or is microchipped.
- Have a secure area for your pet
where itcan be safely enclosed at all times while the work is going on. Often, temporary structures need to be used, because fences and doors mightneed removing during renovations to allow easier access.
- Check the garden every day to
see whatout-of-bounds areas have been made accessible to the pet. Often, places like garden sheds contain dangerous chemicals like snail bait or gardentools that may cause injury to an inquisitive dog or cat.
- Try to keep
your pets routine as normalas possible. They still needstheir walks, love and attention at thistime. If anything, try to spend a little extra time with them for reassurance.
- If you will be making any changes
to yourpets eating or sleeping areas during building, make sure you do it wellin advance, before work has begun, and while other stresses are minimal. Pets cope much better if they are familiar with their surroundingsbefore other changes occur.
- Some cats and dogs don’t cope well with noises and unfamiliar people involved in renovating. Cats
are particularlysusceptible. If you have a pet that suffers from anxiety youshould speak with your Vet as there are often products such as pheromonesprays and diffusers which can be used to help calm youpet.
- For extremely stressful parts of the building work, you may such as the use of cranes, jackhammers and
the like, consider booking your pet into a boarding kennel.
By Dr Rachele Lowe BVSC
Posted on 27 December 2018
Last updated on 11 December 2019
Tagged with: behaviour