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Cute puppies at doggy daycare
Selecting the most effective flooring surface is the foundation of designing pet-friendly interiors. Sharp nails, shedding and the occasional “accident” can negatively affect flooring.  

The following are pet-friendly priorities to consider for commercial floors and walls.

Durability
Broken and chipped tiles can be a potential health hazard for pets in multiple ways. Rigid, uneven surfaces painfully dig into paws, while harmful bacteria can evade cleaners and flourish within cracks. It is important to choose flooring with proven durability that can withstand constant heavy foot traffic, from multiple animals, and heavy rolling equipment loads without damage or surface erosion.

Slip resistance
Hurt pets need to have the proper traction underfoot to avoid tripping and falling. Wood and tile floors can be slippery for dogs, especially larger breeds. Solutions with a slip-resistant or embossed surface finish allow them to properly grip the ground beneath them while their owners travel safely.

Stain and moisture resistance
If flooring is susceptible to staining and moisture, the evidence can linger for years to come. Surfaces with any exposure to pets should be impervious to liquid penetration and resistant to surface staining.
Products installed should provide the highest levels of stain resistance against common staining agents such as urine, bleach, and disinfectants — a must for busy veterinary clinics.

Wall protection
Walls take extra abuse in these areas from carts, people and excited pets. In corridors one practical and economical solution is wainscoting. For many years veterinary clinics have installed wainscoting to protect their walls from chair or table damage, scuff marks from footwear, and other dogs jumping and scratching. By running Altro wall panels horizontally for this purpose it allows walls to be well protected in a more cost efficient manner.

Acoustics
Lessening the sound within the animal hospital does not only make for a more calm and healing environment for sick pets but it can also make staff more comfortable working in an environment that is consistently loud. Acoustic ceiling tile is a must for these areas but designers should also consider flooring options that offer acoustical benefits.

Maintenance 
If flooring is susceptible to staining and moisture, the evidence can linger for years to come. Surfaces with any exposure to pets should be impervious to liquid penetration and resistant to surface staining.

Comfort
While polished concrete is an easy fix, it is unforgiving and uncomfortable for pets. Older animals in particular benefit from additional padding compensating for leg support lost with age. Pets can appreciate the underfoot comfort that comes with thicker flooring solutions.

Where veterinary technicians can spend the majority of their shifts on foot, underfoot comfort is another factor to consider for efficient design in these spaces. Choosing the right flooring that promotes this is not only beneficial for the staff but also for many dogs as well, particularly those with hip and joint issues.

Altro Wood Comfort, Altro Wood Acoustic, Altro Orchestra and Altro Serenade are all ideal options for outpatient care. These thicker flooring ranges help prevent joint and muscle fatigue with ample underfoot comfort, while their smooth, seamless surface allows for truly thorough cleaning and disinfecting between patients.

Aesthetics

A modern, well-designed interior space will welcome patrons into your facility and give them a comforting area to wait for their companions and interact with staff.