Have you ever walked across the ice? It’s slippery, cold, hard and very easy to quickly lose your footing. This is how dogs feel when they walk across marble, granite, ceramic tile and hardwood floors. Their paws have zero grip when it comes to these types of floors. Impossible to walk on and dangerous when they eventually slip and fall. Veterinarians have told me that some dogs have hereditary joint problems also which only multiplies the problem. Hip dysplasia, luxating patella and arthritis is common in dogs and walking on these types of floors is extremely difficult. The risk of injury is high and probable and larger dogs have even a harder time. Their center of gravity is higher so it is harder to balance and when they fall, they fall harder.
QUICK FIX . .
Buy area rugs and runners with rubber backing. Our house has marble everywhere and even though we invested a fortune in this beautiful stone, we have covered 80% with beautiful, decorative, soft, fluffy area rugs. Learn from our mistake, ONLY purchase rugs without looping. Do NOT buy carpets made with a loop or berber. When your dogs play on the carpet, their toe nails WILL get caught in the loop! Poor little Rocco Jet had a very bad experience when his toe nail was ripped out. It looked like a scene from CSI, there was blood everywhere. If this happens, you have to take your dog to the Veterinarian so that they can treat the toe and prescribe medication to avoid infection. Needless to say, now we have LOOP FREE area rugs and our dogs are VERY HAPPY!