Your Dog’s Life at Home: Part 2 of 4 (Stairs and Slippery Floors)

Written by:  Tracie Grubb, DVM, CCRT, cVMA



Flooring poses a problem when it is slippery or fails to allow the dog to have traction.   Imagine the stress and pain an animal experiences if they feel unstable on the floor or have fallen and can’t get up.

Stairs can be challenging for all dogs, let alone those with orthopedic or neurological challenges.   Going DOWN stairs puts stress on the front legs, neck, and spine.  Going UP stairs will stress the spine, hips, and rear limbs.

Creating a safe zone in which your pet can safely walk a safe path through their favorite parts of the house is essential.  This allows your pet to feel confident in the house, and gives them the ability to engage with family members versus being isolated.


  • Carpet
  • Rubber flooring
  • Yoga mat material
  • Non-skid (rubber-backed) mats


  • Ceramic Tile
  • Hardwood
  • Linoleum
  • Granite/marble


  1. Use a baby gate to block off stair access when you are not available or cannot supervise your dog (regardless of stair covering).
  2. Use textured stair treads that are safely adhered to each step and landing to prevent slipping.



Google search:  Stair Treads

You will find a variety of options.   Rubber, vinyl and textured varieties that cover the whole step and majority of the landing are the best options to avoid slipping.


Yoga Mat-by-the-Roll


1/8″ thickness recommended

     Avoid thicker mats as your pet is more apt to trip over the mat if they have significant mobility challenges.

24″ or 36″ width preferred.


Talk to your certified canine rehabilitation professional for additional items

and services to help your pet be safe and mobile at home.


The Rehab Vets:  Your Pet’s Prescription for Mobility