As pet owners, we always want our furry friends to be safe and comfortable, especially in our homes. However, when it comes to slippery floors, our dogs may struggle to maintain their footing, putting them at risk of injuries.
As dogs age, they may experience mobility issues such as arthritis or hip dysplasia, which can make it difficult for them to stand up, walk, or climb stairs. Additionally, some dogs may have an underlying medical condition that causes them to slip or drag their paws, leading to falls and injuries.
Luckily, there are several anti-slip methods that you can employ to help your furry friend navigate slippery floors without slipping or sliding.
Use Rugs or Mats
One of the easiest and most effective ways to create an anti-slip surface for your dog is by using rugs or mats. Place them strategically in areas where your dog frequently walks, such as hallways or in front of doors. Make sure that the rugs or mats are non-slip and have a rubber backing to keep them securely in place.
Apply Anti-Slip Traction Products
There are various traction products designed to improve the grip of your dog's paws on slippery surfaces such as;
i) Paw pads, like rubber booties. They can be a little difficult to get on and have limited durability when worn outside on the pavement but they can provide good grip on wooden floor boards or other smooth surfaces. Unfortunately your dog can't have these on 100% of the time so if this is the option you want to try you will need to structure timed intervals when wearing them.
ii) Paw grips, such as Dr Buzby’s toe grips. These are little rubber rings that are applied to your dog's nails to provide extra grip. Unlike the rubber booties, once you properly put these on the nail they can be left on 100% of the time. Regular checking of the placement of the toe grip is recommended incase they ride up towards the nail bed.
iii) You can also try applying paw wax or balm to your dog's paws, or use a product called PawFriction which can provide a non-slip surface that grips the floor. Make sure if you do want to go for this method, that you choose something that is non toxic and that your dog doesn’t chew or swallow any of the product which can be a bit of a risk.
Try Nail Trimming
Long nails can make it harder for your dog to grip the floor, so keeping them trimmed can help improve traction. Regular nail trimming is crucial, especially for dogs with long nails or those with paw deformities that affect their grip on surfaces and don’t forget to trim the hair back between the pads too!
I am a big advocate for keeping nails short! If you want to give nail trimming a go yourself I recommend the Millers Forge nail clippers and then to use a Dremel to round off the edges for a smooth finish. If you want to read more about how to trim a dogs nail, head over to the face book page ‘nail maintenance for dogs’ where you will find some handy tips and guidance.
Use Yoga Mats
Another effective anti-slip method is using yoga mats. You can place them in areas where your dog frequently walks or sleeps, such as on their bed or in their crate. Yoga mats offer a comfortable surface for your furry friend and also provide traction, reducing the risk of slipping.
Slippery floors can be a safety hazard for dogs, but there are various anti-slip methods that you can use to help your furry friend navigate them safely. My personal preference is to change the environment with mats or yoga mats and give a good nail trim however it's important to find a solution that works best for your dog's needs. Always ensure that the method you choose is safe and comfortable for your furry friend
Joanna Whitehead; Physiotherapist, Canine Physiotherapist & Hydrotherapist