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My 12 year old dog has had trouble stabilizing herself on my hardwood floors. She fell and ever since then she's been getting nervous and that makes her fall even more. I have rugs down. But I feel like she needs full coverage. I thought about just buying the rug grip stuff and laying that down? Thoughts?

My vet thinks she may have a knee injury because she paw knuckles her left leg sometimes and has weakness in it. Falling all the time makes that worse. We have an appointment w a neurologist to rule out degenerative myelopathy. My vet said she doesn't present with many of the classic symptoms. I'd never thought I'd say this but pray my dog has a knee injury.
 

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My dogs sometimes slip on the hard wood floor. I sometimes put a rug down for it but then they hate it because they love the cool hard wood floor. I notice they slip at lot more when their nails get a little long it's almost like they can't get their pads of their foot all the way down. I just clip the nails down and it seems to help. :)
 

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Hallway runners? // Playroom squares?

I would try long runners, rather than [what sound like] small washable rugs, as they may not stay put when trodden on, esp'ly if she lurches from side-to-side as she walks.
Something at least 8-ft long, maybe even 10-ft x 3-ft wide, with a good tacky underside, should give solid traction - even if she lurches & wobbles.

To give her good traction for lying down & getting to her feet, the 2-ft square snap-together foam blocks used for children's play areas are good - they are fairly heavy, not expensive, durable, washable, & can be made any shape. A 3 x 3 square is a good-sized space, that gives her room to get up & brace herself.

Sometimes U can find them on CraigsList used, or on FreeCycle as a giveaway.
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More rugs, or they make socks and boots with a no-slip rubber grip on the bottom. I would think the socks would work better and be more comfortable for the dog, but when I tried them for my old, stiff dog, they fell off pretty frequently (she had small feet, and I probably needed a smaller size).
 

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If her fear is making her slip more, you can also try something like this to teach her to walk calmly.


If she has long fur between her toes, trimming that to make sure the pads of her feet are making full contact with the floor.

My previous dog had a similar problem with weakness in her legs and slipping on wood floors when she got old. I tried booties with rubber soles but rubber backed rugs and runners worked best for her.

*fingers crossed that the problem isn't serious and is easily remedied*
 

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referral is good.

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My vet thinks she may have a knee injury ... she paw knuckles her left leg sometimes and has weakness in it.
Falling all the time makes that worse.

We have an appointment w a neurologist to rule out degenerative myelopathy. My vet said she doesn't present with many of the classic symptoms. I'd never thought I'd say this, but pray my dog has a knee injury.
What's her breed? - hoping not GSD. :eek:

I'll be praying - can't hurt, might help. // Hoping for good news. When is the neuro-appt?

- terry

 

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We have many small rugs placed strategically in the house, not for appearance, I can tell you, but because Samantha insists on moving through the house at 50MPH, and dancing a lot, sometimes on four legs, sometimes on two. Interesting to watch her jump from rug to rug.
 
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