Small dogs, horses, and elephants

The Three Categories of Animal Flooring

If there is something wrong with a gym floor, an athlete will let you know. “There’s a dead spot in the lane!” “My knees hurt.” “The floor is too slick!” These are just a few examples of what a coach might hear. With feedback like this, we know what needs to be improved. But, what about flooring for those who can’t speak for themselves?

Like athletes, animals have very particular needs when it comes to flooring, but animals can’t tell us what they need. We have to anticipate them. That can be challenging because of the vast physical differences between species. What works best for a toy poodle will not work for an African elephant. At, we break down animal surfaces into 3 categories. This organization can steer you toward the right type of surface for a specific animal’s needs.

  • Small Animal/Dog Daycare Surfaces This category reflects surfaces for most pets, dogs in particular. Since smaller animals weight less, the emphasis here is sanitation, abrasion resistance (paws and claws damage), and slip resistance. Shock absorption is less of a concern, but still needed. Padenpor works well in this category.
  • Equine Surfaces A horse’s health is very responsive to its environment. Comfortable shock absorption to ease the strain on joints is essential. Easy cleaning is also a “must have” property for equine surfaces. Regupol rubber pavers are a good fit for this category.
  • Zoo Surfaces It’s hard to imagine a more demanding space for flooring than a zoo. Here, a flooring surface must withstand heavier loads, but it also needs to be comfortable and cleanable.  Padenpor DLX is a good floor for this application.