When you are a dog owner, it can be somewhat distressing to you when your dog reaches his or her senior years. While they may still have the spirit and attitude of a pup, their bodies have decidedly begun to deteriorate and they may not be able to get around as well as the used to. If you are wondering what you can do to make your house more comfortable and safe for them in their (hopefully) many senior years to come, get to know some of the ways that you can make your floors more senior-dog friendly. Then you can make any changes and adjustments you need to your flooring to ensure that they are safe and happy in your home.
Avoid Glazes and Glossy Finishes on Hard Floors
Glazed tiles and glossy finishes of any kind on hard floors give everything a nice sheen and make everything look sparkly and fresh. However, this is not always helpful to pets, especially senior animals.
The shine that you love on those hard surfaces also makes them more slick and slippery. Dogs rely on the pads of their paws and their nails to navigate surfaces, and their nails help to find traction and maintain balance. Glossy surfaces make finding traction tough for young, healthy dogs, but virtually impossible for senior dogs who have reduced mobility anyway. Try to avoid these finishes if you can. Natural stone or ceramic tiles that are unglazed or hardwood floors with a natural finish will be more senior-dog friendly.
You may also want to adorn those floors with non-slip rugs and runners so that your senior dog has an easier time laying down and standing up from sitting or laying down on those surfaces. This can prevent slips and falls that could cause them injuries.
Consider Carpet Installation In Bedrooms and on the Stairs
Stairs are the most difficult part of your home for a senior dog to navigate. As their traction and mobility control become more difficult, the likelihood that they will fall or stumble going up or down the stairs increases a great deal. Carpeting those stairs can reduce the frequency of those falls, help your dog to feel safer and more comfortable navigating the stairs, and can provide padding and cushioning if/when they do stumble.
If your senior dog sleeps or spends a lot of time in the bedrooms in your house, carpet would be a great idea in there as well. For senior dogs that like to sleep in bed with their humans, this will prevent them from accidentally hitting the side of the bed or missing completely when they try to jump up on the bed, or landing flat on their faces or stomachs when they jump down. Carpeting provides the ideal traction and soft surface that will make these rooms much safer for your senior dogs.
Now that you know a few of the ways that you can make your floors more senior-dog friendly, you can make the adjustments you need to make the four-legged member of your family happy and safe as they age in your home.
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