Whether you have a young pup struggling to find traction with his already awkward legs or an older dog suffering from arthritis or hip dysplasia, hardwood, tile or linoleum floors present difficulties for our canine friends. For many, slip-resistant socks may be the answer.
For the Young
For young pups, regardless of breed, slippery floors deliver a completely new challenge. While growing into their legs, grace and masterful movement is not something most young, playful pups are known for. Through in a slippery surface and accidents are possible. For some, general traction may be difficult, but for others, stopping is the real problem. Place a bowl of food down for a hungry pup in the other room and you may see him flying into the counter at 20 mph because he can’t stop. This is where providing traction for him is beneficial in preventing injury and food spills.
For the Seniors
Young pups aren’t the only ones with traction problems. As you dog ages, arthritis may make it difficult for him to stand or move. Adding a slippery floor creates even more problems. In dogs with hip dysplasia, it is already difficult or painful to get into a standing position. Slipping only makes that worse. Being able to provide assistance and reduce pain is what loving pet owners want to do. You might not be able to take away the pain, but a pair of non-slip socks could make movement easier.
Socks Over Boots
Socks are not the only footwear out there for him. Boots are common, especially for outdoor wear and protection from things like snow and cold temperatures. However, would you want to spend all day in your boots? Think about curling up in bed with your boots on. They are not exactly the most comfortable choice of indoor footwear. Your dog is the same. Like you, he would much rather have warm and soft socks that conform to his feet than a set of clunky boots. Not only that, boots do not conform to his feet and they change the way he walks. If he suffers from joint issues, changing the way his joints move may cause additional pain.
Other Benefits and Considerations
In addition to providing traction, socks can help keep his feet warm during the cold, winter months. By keeping two sets, you can have one for indoors and one for out. While the outdoor socks may get wet, they provide traction on icy or slippery pavement. Non-slip socks also protect your hardwood floors from scratches.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
Deborah Lundin is a professional writer with more than 20 years of experience in the medical field and as a small business owner. She studied medical science and sociology at Northern Illinois University. Her passions and interests include fitness, health, healthy eating, children and pets.