When it comes to older dogs, a comfortable dog bed is very important, even more, when they’re suffering from arthritis. We’ve researched more than a dozen orthopedic dog beds and what we found to be the best dog bed for most senior dogs is the K9 Ballistics LUXURY Orthopedic dog bed.
How to choose a good dog bed for an older dog
When it comes to getting the best dog bed possible for your older dog there are a couple of things you need to look at before you make a final choice.
The 4 most important features you need to look at are:
For older dogs, comfort is #1. Orthopedic dog beds with memory foam are comfortable and offer the best support for your dog. And since memory foam also retains heat it’s great for arthritis pain. The thicker the memory foam is the better support your dog’s joints will have. Larger dog breeds need at least a 7″ thick memory foam mattress.
A quality dog bed needs to provide comfort for your dog but it also needs to be tough. I’m not saying it needs to be indestructible but your dog shouldn’t be able to chew through it. The mattress must retain its shape. Some lower quality mattresses sag or become misshapen after only a couple of weeks.
Bladder accidents become more frequent as your dog gets older. A decent dog bed needs to be stain and smell resistant. Look for something that comes with a removable cover and has a waterproof layer.
Although I’ve put size last on the list, it’s probably the first thing you need to look at. To make sure you get the right size dog bed you can measure your dog when he’s lying down. If the dog bed is too small it won’t be comfortable for your dog to sleep in it, no matter how high quality the orthopedic mattress is.
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As much as your dog might seem to enjoy sleeping in your bed, having a bed of his own is generally considered a good idea.
From my own experience, I highly recommend you get an orthopedic dog bed.
They come in all shapes and sizes from small to extra-large and they’re very well designed to provide your dog with full body support.
Although finding the best orthopedic memory foam bed to buy for your dog may seem like an easy task, it’s actually somewhat complicated.
There are a lot of dog beds that are marketed as “orthopedic” but they’re very poorly made.
So to help you not make the same mistake I did, and get an overpriced dog bed that after a couple of weeks will be all mashed down, I’ve made this list of the top-rated, high-quality orthopedic dog beds.
The difference between egg-crate foam and memory foam
From a manufacturing point of view, there are 2 types of orthopedic dog beds: egg-crate foam dog beds and memory foam dog beds.
Egg-crate foam dog beds are less expensive than memory foam beds.
The name comes from the foam’s egg-crate shape that’s meant to provide better airflow and a cooler surface than flat orthopedic foam.
Egg-crate foam dog beds adjust to pressure right away. The downside though is that egg-crate foam beds don’t have the long lifespan that memory foam dog beds have.
With time, the bed will remain permanently compressed, which means it won’t be able to provide the support your dog needs, any more and you should consider replacing it.
Memory foam is a special kind of polyurethane that NASA invented in the 70s.
As it becomes warmer from body heat, the memory foam becomes more flexible and molds to your dog’s body shape.
Since memory foam quality is measured by its density not it’s thickness, a thinner memory foam dog bed will still provide excellent support.
Memory foam orthopedic dog beds are also very durable. If you want something that’s long-lasting, memory foam is your best bet.
The downside as far as I see it, is that memory foam dog beds [Read more…]