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Home Environment

-Flooring-
Slick floors are challenging for all dogs, especially those with orthopedic or neurologic disease and older dogs. We suggest placing carpets/ rugs or yoga mats throughout the house to help provide traction.
Also make sure that your dog’s nails stay trimmed short and the hair between their hair is short in order to minimize slipping on slick surfaces.

-Stairs-
Stairs should be carpeted or non-slick. Wood stairs should have carpet or traction pads added.
Use a harness to provide assistance to your dog, particularly when going down stairs.

-Food bowl-
Elevating the food bowl can be helpful. This helps distribute the body weight more evenly through front and back legs. This can decrease pain in dogs with front leg conditions and help strengthen the back legs. Elevated feeders are available commercially.