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.
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
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