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Non slip waterproof flooring help please

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Julieb1, Aug 24, 2019.


  1. Julieb1

    Julieb1 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all, I am looking for an affordable solution for my elderly dog. Tess is 18 and slips on laminate, vinyl and tiles so we carpeted the whole bungalow including the bathroom and kitchen. She walks great on carpet but as she is having accidents we bought a rug doctor. The problem now is the smell, we initially had hessian backed carpet which was great as we could see the pee but the urine still got into to back of the carpet. We are changing to carpets every few months which is too expensive, the last two we bought have been rubber and gel backed with the hope that it wouldn’t soak in but the smell is worse than ever after just over three weeks. We had an idea of buying another gel backed and laying carpet side down. We have tested this and she walks great, we threw a glass of water down which sat on top - great but after clearing up it still feels damp. Please does anyone have a suggestion? Needs to be totally non slip and waterproof. If you got this far, sorry for the long winded post and thanks for reading
     
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    My lurcher Jack can’t cope with hard floors but is ok on vinyl - some are Matt and non-slip.

    In holiday homes with hard floors I take a number of rubber backed rugs and runners and create islands and pathways for Jack.

    Given your dog is messing up your carpets, maybe a non-slip vinyl with rubber backed rugs is a good compromise. At least you can keep the floors clean after accidents in the rooms she has access to.

    Flotex is a waterproof carpet which might do the trick but is quite expensive and choice is limited.
     
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    I'm sorry I don't have an answer but I love that you are doing all this for your dog.
     
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    Instead of focussing on the carpet, is there anything more you can do for your old dog and her incontinence? I assume she's already on medication from the vet - could they try adjusting her dose? When does she lose control of her bladder - is it possible to put down puppy pads if it's always in the same area (e.g. where she sleeps)? Some form of 'nappy'?
     
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    Thank you for your suggestions, I have requested a Flotex sample.
     
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    You can buy rubber flooring that are mainly marketed for garages, often comes in small squares that slot together.
    It does seem to be non slip. It is quite expensive though.
     
  7. Julieb1

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    Thank you, she is worth every penny :)
     
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    She is not on any medication and is in really good health for an older lady. Just before she is fed she runs around like a puppy but when she’s tired she can be a bit unstable on smooth floors which is why we bought carpets. She will go to the back door but if we miss her she will go somewhere inside. We thought about nappies but didn’t think it would be fair for her to be sitting in wee. Puppy pads didn’t work either :(
     
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    Thank you, I have requested a sample of this too.
     
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    In that case I'd talk to your vet as there are medications to help incontinent dogs - got to be better than her peeing everywhere. Also maybe you need to be more proactive about taking her out to toilet more often rather than waiting for her to sit at the door.
     
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    We are constantly taking her out, most of the time she will pee but sometimes we can be outside for 20 minutes or more and she will pee when we come in. She is quite deaf and her eyesight is failing so I cannot use a phrase or hand signals as her sight is worse in sunlight. I felt that my initial post was long enough and I was trying to keep to the point but thank you for your suggestions.
     
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    My daughters french bull dog sprinkles urine constantly. He has spinal problems and has no awareness of when he needs to pee... it just comes out. I have found baby nappies to be the perfect solution. As the moisture is held away from his skin, he has never had problems with soreness. He started wearing nappies about two years ago. No issues at all and no smell of urine in the house.
     
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    Thank you, I might give them a go.
     
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    Just make sure nappies are changed regularly so the dog isn’t lying in wet/mess.

    Also, allow some time without to avoid skin issues.
     
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    Thank you for all of your suggestions, for now, we are going to go for carpet tiles in the living room area and reduce her access to the dining area/kitchen using a gate and try rubber in the hallway.
     
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    Cushioned vinyl is thicker and softer and has some 'give'.
     
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