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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