Are Compressed Floors Safe for Dogs to Sit and Sleep On?

Posted on September 10, 2013 under Dog Articles

By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and blogger for dog insurance provider Pets Best Insurance

Hi. My name is Marc Caldwell. I’m a local veterinarian working with Pets Best Insurance to answer some Facebook questions for you guys. Our next question is:  “Are compressed floors safe for dogs to sit and sleep on? How about carpet flooring in the house?”

Generally speaking, most flooring is considered safe for animals to sleep on, but that being said, some animals will have a more difficult time with a harder surface. Animals that have arthritic disease or problems moving around may find these surfaces uncomfortable. Furthermore, they can actually exacerbate pressure sores and things like that for animals with limited mobility.

My recommendation is if you have hardwood floors or some sort of compressed flooring, maybe a bed or some padding would actually help out certainly older animals with those types of surfaces. They are also difficult as far as ambulating on them, so animals that have limited mobility may slip and fall and find these surfaces a little bit difficult to maneuver.

If you have other questions, please post them below or visit the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page, and we’ll answer them for you.