Orthopedic Dog Beds: Buying Considerations
If you have an older dog that struggles with hip dysplasia or arthritis, it can be disheartening to see your pet suffer and not be able to provide them with comfort. Besides enduring pain and discomfort, your dog can have a hard time getting a good night’s sleep because of aching joints being pressured, which can prevent them from getting comfortable and feeling content enough to sleep. Thanks to orthopedic dog beds, like the Animals Matter Ruby Puff Luxury Dog Bed, made in the USA, with a 100% CertiPUR-US® Companion-Pedic® Memory foam, your dog is guaranteed a healthier and safer resting place. Here’s what you need to consider when shopping for the best dog orthopedic bed.
Types of Inner Foam in Orthopedic Dog Beds
Ask your vet about the various kinds of inner foam used in orthopedic dog beds so that you can select the best dog orthopedic bed for your pooch and their joint issues. Let’s compare orthopedic vs memory foam dog bed solutions and also look at an air-filled bed as an alternative option.
- Memory foam—This type of orthopedic foam, also called therapeutic foam, contours to a dog’s shape, so it’s great for various breeds, including small dogs. What’s more, this insulating material responds to temperature changes. It’s an excellent choice for arthritic or older dogs, giving them needed support and relief from pain, which makes it one of the best dog orthopedic bed options. Animals Matter makes their own Companion-Pedic® and Certi-PurUS® certified Memory Foam offering the safest USA Made materials available today. Check out the Animals Matter Ali Jewel Ortho Lounger Luxury Dog Bed.
- Egg-crate foam—This is named for its egg-crate, textured surface. Rather than being a flat layer, the egg crate orthopedic foam resembles an enlarged egg carton. The foam helps keep a dog cooler in summer and warmer in winter. This type of foam is more affordable than therapeutic foam. On the other hand, the foam is thinner, making it less supportive and durable than therapeutic foam.
- Air-filled bed—Because it’s both waterproof and lightweight, an air-filled orthopedic dog bed is ideal for traveling purposes.
Before shopping for an orthopedic dog bed, measure your dog. Do this when your pet is in a reclining position with both the front and back legs extended. If you have a small dog, add five more inches to your measurement.
For a large dog, add an extra 10 inches. You need a bed that’s at least this measurement to ensure adequate room for your dog. Your dog needs to be able to stretch out fully, like the Animals Matter Ruby Square Orthopedic Luxury Dog Bed, as well as curling up, in a Puff Style Dog Bed. It’s also important that an orthopedic bed can support your dog’s weight. Therefore, be sure to weigh your dog.
The Advantages of a Heated Bed
Consider a heated bed as this can help ease your dog’s pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. Heat blood vessel expansion and increased circulations to painful areas are significant benefits of heated beds for arthritic dogs.
It also helps make joints more flexible and relaxes tight muscles. A heated bed works somewhat like heating pads, providing additional warmth. Most of them conceal the cords so that dogs can’t chew on them.
Other Considerations and Warnings
- Select beds that have removable covers as they’re easier to wash. You can always buy a removable cover if the bed you prefer doesn't have one.
- Allow your dog time to get used to his or her new bed. Most dogs are conservative and don’t take to change at first. However, it won’t be belong before your pet will be comfortably sleeping, again.
- Orthopedic beds are also good for ailing dogs and canines recuperating from surgery.
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