Safety Tips: Interior Painting and How to Do It with Your Dog

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It’s not always easy to follow all the basic safety guidelines and still do a good job with interior painting. There are concerns about the dog endangering itself, and also ruining your brand new paint job.

These days, many of us are staying at home for very prolonged amounts of time. With that in mind, you may want to give your household a new coat of paint; in this case, quite literally. Indeed, painting your walls is always a great way to give your home a new aesthetic without spending a ton of money.

 But if you’re a pet owner, it’s not always easy to follow all the basic safety guidelines and still do a good job with interior painting. There are concerns about the dog endangering itself, and also ruining your brand new paint job. Don’t worry, though – we’re here with a couple of tips on how to do this properly!

Separating Paint and Pets

So, you’ve decided to give your interior the makeover it needs and deserves. But how do you keep your doggo from making a mess? Right off the bat, we’ll tell you that the best possible way to achieve this is to make sure your lovely pet isn’t there in the first place; just for the duration of the paint job, that is.

 You can always board the dog for that amount of time. Or, if you’re one of those people who are very connected with their dogs and couldn’t stand their pets being with a stranger; find a pet sitter or a friend you absolutely trust to take care of them. Naturally, the amount of time you need for this interior painting will depend on the scope of your work; but it should take two days at the very most.

 Also, while it’s best that your pet isn’t inside for this, you don’t necessarily have to keep them away from the premises altogether. Depending on how big your home is, you could perhaps keep your pet in a room that’s not being painted, and is far enough removed from where the action is.

On the other hand, if you don’t live in an apartment and have a yard – you could always let the dog play there for the day. Just make sure they’ve got enough water, some shade, and regular meals. Ideally, someone could be tasked with keeping an eye on the doggo for that day as well.

 Also, once the painting is done – it’s advisable for your dog not to spend a lot of time in the room for at least a day or two so that all of your walls can be completely dry. Plus, you need to bear something in mind – no matter how much you pay attention, your pet may still suffer from paint toxicity if they get too close to it. So, if you notice any strange symptoms like hard breathing or tremors – contact a veterinarian immediately.

Be Prepared

If you are not looking to spend time removing paint stains later on; make sure your dog is being looked after for the entire time. Though, as we’ve mentioned above in less detail – it is of utmost importance to be vigilant and prepared for any circumstance. With that in mind, it’s not a bad idea to keep some information handy; like your veterinarian’s contact info, the nearest emergency center, as well as the Animal Poison Control Center. And a guide on how to remove paint from your carpet and upholstery!

 It could take nothing more than a couple of seconds for your dog to come into contact with the paint, with potentially disastrous consequences.

 In case something does happen, you should wait for a veterinarian’s advice before you do anything on your own. Sure, you may have read that inducing vomiting in your pet is something you should do right away. But in reality, you need to speak with an expert first. If you don’t, you actually risk making things worse by triggering ulcers and all kinds of other problems.

Also, depending on how toxic this paint is for your dog, your vet could possibly prescribe medications, additional oxygen and/or fluids. All of these may be needed depending on your dog’s kidney functions and gastrointestinal state.

 If push comes to shove, we definitely advise hospitalizing the pet. And please be sure to remember – all of this can be avoided if you manage to separate the dog from the room you’re painting for the duration of the works.

Safety Precautions

It may just so happen that your little interior redecorating project lasts more than a single day. In the meantime, your dog will probably have to be home at some point. With that in mind, you need to take every necessary precaution to prevent them from harming themselves.

 So, once you’re done with the painting part – at least for the remainder of the day – make sure that you put away all of the stuff from the painting kit somewhere your dog won’t be able to reach them.

 Also, if you’ve got any disposables that go into trash or recycling, take care to put them out of reach as well; they’re potential choking hazards for your dog. So, you need to remove them and put them in a garbage can that’s not located indoors, or else your dog will be able to access it.

 And it’s not just about pet safety either – if you clean up regularly after doing interior painting, your dog won’t step on wayward paint and go trudging along and staining everything throughout your home, and who needs that?


Regardless of whether you’re a pet owner or not, we definitely recommend watching out what paints you use; staying away from lead-based paint is always a good idea. Also, there are other types of paint that could be specifically problematic for your pets. Therefore, make sure that you’re using bio-friendly paint materials when you start interior painting your household.

 That will ensure the safety and health of both your dog, other members of the household, and yourself. We hope you found this guide useful and that it’ll help you to go through the painting process. Stay smart and stay safe, guys!

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