Lots of people have switched from carpet to laminate flooring. Has anyone had trouble with dogs that play inside slipping and straining their backs? My dog is older and has learned to play with restraint but sometimes he slips and seems to strain something and it takes a few days to get over it. We had a nice antique rug down but had to remove it because he was sensitive to wool. I guess it's either buy another rug or two or put rubber booties on him.
Different laminates can have a variety of slickness. Some are more like a wood grain surface, but we have a very slick type on our 3 season porch. Rubber back (non slip)washable throw rugs (placed in the traffic area) are the safety option we have found works the best for the dogs and us.
We had to put carpet runners down all over the house so our older dog could get around. It was not so bad when she was younger but when she got older she had trouble getting around. Our present dog isn't having any trouble getting around but give her a few years and we will need to get out the carpet runners again.
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Both of my little dogs hurt their backs due to our slick linoleum floor. That floor was replaced with tile during our remodel, but I still use cheap-o rubber backed rugs and throw those down on slick surfaces. Easy to clean and not a big deal if they get ruined. Target and Walmart rugs are fine.
If your dog is aging and starting to have trouble with stiffness, talk to your vet about glucosamine supplements and if needed an anti-inflammatory medicine. Makes a big difference. We keep ours on Dasuquin.This message has been edited. Last edited by: junk collector,
This is another one of those things that depend upon the dog. Some dogs do just well fine on laminate and some don't. You have to find what works for you and your dog.
My dog is 5 years a old, never walks when we can run. He has never slipped on the laminate though he does scramble to get his footing some time. In another house he fell and slid across a vinyl floor. Fortunately he did not hurt himself.
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Resorted to area and throw rugs all over after the pup wiped out jumping off the chair. I'm really tired of them. My prior dog would shake his head and the tags and ears flapping woke me up. Now my 4 legged friend just clicks her toe nails on the laminate to wake me.