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. Besides enduring pain and discomfort, your dog can have a hard time getting a good night’s sleep because of aching joints being pressured. Thanks to orthopedic dog beds, your dog can sleep better. Here’s what you need to consider when shopping for an orthopedic bed for your dog.

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 one that’s best for your pooch.

  • Memory foam—This type of form, also called therapeutic foam, contours to a dog’s shape. 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.
  • Egg-crate foam—This is named for its egg-crate, textured surface. Rather than being a flat layer, it 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.

Size Considerations

Before shopping for an orthopedic 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 on a mattress as well as curling up. 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.

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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Scott Avera
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